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Friday, August 5, 2011

KARNATAKA POLITICS: Now it's fight for cabinet berths!

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Express News Service Last Updated : 05 Aug 2011 09:49:54 AM IST.

BANGALORE: After engaging themselves in a week-long battle for the CM's post, the factions within the state BJP are now fighting for their pie in the Cabinet.

As a result, D V Sadanand Gowda, who had planned to take oath along with a few ministers, had to take oath alone on Thursday, that too in the absence of several legislators who owe allegiance to former minister Jagadish Shettar.

According to sources, both camps one led by former CM B S Yeddyurappa and the other by national BJP general secretary Ananthkumar have engaged in a hard bargaining over cabinet berths. While the Kumar camp is demanding for equal share in the Cabinet besides seeking plum portfolios like home, revenue and RDPR, the Yeddyurappa camp, which has more MLAs, is said to have offered them 14 cabinet berths while seeking to retain 20 berths for it.

Gowda who visited both Shettar and state BJP president K S Eshwrappa on Thursday is said to have made this offer while inviting them for the swearing in ceremony in the evening.

The Shettar camp, on its part, rejected the offer while sticking to their demand for equal share. When Gowda did not commit on it, they decided to boycott the swearing in ceremony.

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