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A file photo of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
A file photo of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Karnataka cabinet expansion on Monday

Political observers say this may be a move by Karnata chief minister Siddaramaiah to assuage the ruffled sentiments of the Vokkaliga community

Bengaluru: An expansion of the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka will take place on Monday, nearly three months after a major rejig which had triggered discontent over dropping of some ministers.

“State cabinet expansion on September 5 at 4.30 pm at Glass House of Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru," the state department of information and public relations said in a release.

People in the Congress party who are familiar with the matter said that M. Krishnappa, a Vokkaliga leader representing the Vijaynagar assembly constituency, is likely to be inducted into the cabinet.

This is seen by political observers as a move by chief minister Siddaramaiah, heading the three-year-old Congress government, to assuage the ruffled sentiments of the Vokkaliga community who have been expressing their ire for dropping their leaders—M.H. Ambareesh and Kimmane Ratnakar in June this year.

The chief minister, in a major revamp, had sacked 14 ministers and inducted 13 members into his council of ministers on 20 June, which led to discontent with actor-turned politician Ambareesh resigning as MLA (member of legislative assembly).

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