Kumaraswamy in Delhi, hectic parleys on

UNI
Monday, 21 May 2018

Even as Mr Kumaraswamy insists that it is a courtesy meeting with the Gandhis, sources said that the top brass of both the parties' meeting is significant as the alliance has to finalise the power sharing formula including distribution of portfolio and possible candidate from Congress to the deputy chief minister post.

New Delhi: To set the power sharing formula with the allies in the Karnataka, the Chief Minister designate HD Kumaraswamy on Monday reached Delhi.
 
Mr Kumaraswamy met with BSP supremo Mayawati here, as her party is a pre-poll alliance partner of JD(S) and won single seat.
  
According JD(S) sources, immediately after landing at Delhi airport, Mr Kumaraswamy rushed to BSP supremo's house. 

Mr Kumaraswamy will be meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the capital to invite them for the oath taking ceremony, which is scheduled on Wednesday. 

Even as Mr Kumaraswamy insists that it is a courtesy meeting with the Gandhis, sources said that the top brass of both the parties' meeting is significant as the alliance has to finalise the power sharing formula including distribution of portfolio and possible candidate from Congress to the deputy chief minister post.  

According to Congress sources, the party may demand two deputy chief ministers as it has the pressure to accommodate the powerful Lingayat community. 

Dalit leader and KPCC president G Parameshwara is front runner for the post of deputy chief ministership.  

The Congress which has 78 members as against 37 of JD(S) could demand 20 cabinet berths. 
Earlier in the day, senior Congress leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and AICC in-charge KC Venugopal met Mr Gandhi and apprised him about the post poll scenario in the southern state.  
The Congress which now runs the government only in Punjab and Mizoram narrowly could retain its hold in Karnataka, of course ending as a second fiddle of the JD(S). 

The JD(S) and the Congress have shared power in Karnataka in 2005-06 after the 2004 polls when the JD(S) had won 58 seats and the Congress 65, but the alliance fell apart in 2006 after the JD(S) leader Mr Kumaraswamy decided to tie-up with the BJP.

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