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No Decision On Backing Kumaraswamy For 5 Years, Says Congress Deputy CM Ahead Of Floor Test

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| May 25 , 2018 , 08:23 IST

The post-poll alliance of Congress and JD(S) successfully staked claim for the government in Karnataka, but ahead of the floor test on Friday, cracks already seem to be appearing in the alliance. Congress deputy CM G Parameshwara on Thursday said that the Congress had taken no decision yet to support H D Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister for the full 5-year-term.

“The issue is yet to be discussed and finalised. Our immediate aim is to pass the floor test, allocate portfolios and provide good administration. The modalities, including sharing the CM post, are yet to be worked out,” said Parameshwara who is also head of the state Congress.

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The newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had however ruled out the possibility of sharing the tenure of the chief ministerial post, despite the Congress having a larger seat share in the coalition.

"They (Congress) too have their own programmes in their manifesto. We have to compile the manifesto of two parties and after improving the economy of the state, we will waive farm loans. There is no question of my backtracking," said Kumaraswamy earlier.

From the 34 ministries, 22 are expected to go to the Congress party which has 78 seats in the Karnataka assembly and 12 including the CM will be with the JD(S) which has 38 seats in the assembly.

According to reports, if a rotational system is put in place, Congress' D K Shivakumar would likely be the party's chief ministerial candidate after the 2019 elections.

The post-poll alliance of the Congress and the JD(S) in Karnataka was formed in a relative hurry after the results of assembly elections on May 15, and the BJP being invited to form the government first delayed the seat sharing discussion between the JD(S) and Congress further.