Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is gearing up to for a ministry reshuffle and the final list is likely to be finalised today after the second round of consultations with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
According to reports, the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers is likely to take place on June 20, before the Assembly session, which begins on July 4.
The chief minister has already signalled that the exercise would involve “dropping a few and inducting a few”, and inducting some fresh faces in the cabinet.
The exercise is being undertaken to tone up the government after the debacle of Congress in assembly polls in four states especially Assam recently. Karnataka is the only
major state with the Congress in power after losing power recently in Kerala and Assam.
Reports further state that the chief minister has proposed dropping of at least 8-10 “non-performing” ministers from the cabinet and inducting young legislators and senior Congress
leaders in order to balance caste and regional factors.
Also, the faction led by Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is also impressing upon the leadership that all sections needed to be accommodated so as to keep the party fighting fit in the assembly polls at a time when BJP is becoming aggressive.