KPCC president wants Home and Bengaluru development portfolio

C S Nadagouda or S R Patil likely to replace Parameshwara

KPCC president wants Home and Bengaluru development portfolio

 Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara, who failed to get deputy chief minister post, now wants Bengaluru City development portfolio.

Soon after the Congress high command allowed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to go for the Cabinet expansion on Wednesday. Parameshwara said but for the persuasion by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, he would not have agreed to be ‘just a minister.’ He said the swearing-in ceremony may be held on Thursday evening.

Interacting with the media, Parameshwara said, “I have sought Home and Bengaluru City development portfolios. Siddaramaiah had announced that he would like to have an exclusive minister for city development. I would like to hold that portfolio to build brand image for Bengaluru. But I do not know what is in store for me.”

Asked as to why he budged from his earlier demand for the post of a deputy chief minister, Parameshwara said that he was not willing to get into the Cabinet as a minister. “But I had to yield. Sonia Gandhi called me today and held a meeting for an hour. She explained as to why I should be in the Cabinet. I could not say no to her.”

Replying to a question, he said that the Cabinet reshuffle would be taken up only after the completion of elections to local bodies scheduled for January-February next year.

Parameshwara has completed his five-year term as KPCC president. The city and urban Congress units have jointly organised a programme to felicitate him on October 30, at the Palace Grounds.

Sources in the Congress said that MLA C S Nadagouda may become the choice of Siddaramaiah for the party president’s post. He is now Congress legislature party secretary and Karnataka representative in New Delhi.

Nagagouda, who represents Muddebihal Assembly constituency in Vijayapura district, is a five-time MLA. He has been elected to the Assembly without a break since 1989. The leadership is scouting for a Lingayat to head the party, and Nadagouda fits the bill as he is Reddy Lingayat, sources in the party said. Another choice minister S R Patil, who is also a Reddy Lingayat, sources said.

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