Karnataka portfolios: JD-S to get Finance, Congress Home
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Karnataka portfolios: JD-S to get Finance, Congress Home

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Kumaraswamy (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders after the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru on May 23. (file photo)

Days of hectic parleys between the JD(S) and Congress over the allocation of portfolios is nearing an end after Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke to leaders from both sides over the phone from the United States, PTI reported on Thursday.

The coveted Finance portfolio is likely to go JD(S) way while the Congress will have to settle for the Home Ministry, highly places sources in the parties told PTI.

After holding five rounds of talks in New Delhi since Wednesday, the two alliance partners are giving finishing touches to the power-sharing arrangement. A formal announcement, however, is yet to be made in this regard.

Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali will travel to Bengaluru hold further talks with their state leaders before finalizing the arrangement.

“We have held five rounds of talks with each other and have decided that the JD(S) will get the Finance portfolio. I will be now travelling to Bengaluru to hold further talks within our party,” Danish Ali told PTI.

He said he would meet both Chief Minister H D Kumarswamy and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda.

Leaders of the two parties, including Ali as well as the Congress’ Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot and Venugopal...

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