HD Deve Gowda, the man of the moment, does not want two faces in his son, HD Kumaraswamy’s Cabinet. Kumaraswamy will take oath at 4:30 pm tomorrow in Benguluru.
The two senior leaders Congress leaders are DK Shivkumar and MR Patil because both these men have been strident opponents of Deve Gowda for over two decades. Gowda has conveyed his reservations to the Congress leadership.
Shivakumar, well knowing he is unlikely to be given a ministerial berth in the Kumaraswamy government, has been giving interviews to the media about how he had to swallow a bitter pill (the alliance with the JD-S) for the sake of the greater good of the nation so that communal forces would no be in power in Karnataka.
The central leadership of the Congress will not be able to control these dissatisfactions in a month’s time.
Rahul Gandhi is believed to be toeing the line set by Deve Gowda in keeping with the promise that the Congress support was unconditional.
A group of Muslim organisations have said that either their 7-time Congress MLA Roshan Baig or some other leader from the Muslim community be made the Deputy CM in the new government in Karnataka.