The Punjab chief minister pointed to recent seizures of hundreds of kilograms of heroin at Gujarat’s Mandvi port and in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. In both these cases, Singh said, the intended destination of the narcotic substances was Punjab.
Asked about the proposed Third Front — of non-BJP, non-Congress parties — which has turned out to be a myth, Kumaraswamy shot back: “What can we expect from the BJP? The BJP is a myth.’’
There were reports that some disgruntled MLAs from the Congress party were in touch with BJP, with plans to bring down the government and thereby paving the way for the saffron party to stake claim.
The Indian Express had reported strains between the coalition partners which were trying to govern while establishing distinct identities in the state.
Karnataka budget: A slew of programmes is proposed for southern Karnataka districts, like Hassan, Ramanagara and Mandya, the strongholds of the JD(S).
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has indicated that he has the approval of Congress president Rahul Gandhi in presenting a full budget and has also stated that existing programmes of the erstwhile Congress government would be continued.
Kumaraswamy pointed out that water is being released to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, with which Karnataka has locked horns over sharing the river water.
According to the reports, the Congress is wary of the implications of farm loan waiver and officials have informed Kumaraswamy about tough times ahead in implementing it. The farm loan waiver was one of the major promises JDS had made in its election manifesto during the recent assembly polls.
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“About a dozen of the 14 Congress ministers and seven of the nine ministers from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) assumed office at the secretariat and met senior officials,” an official in the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Karnataka Cabinet formation: The Congress has picked ministers keeping in mind caste equations and regional considerations. The JDS, meanwhile, has chosen ministers on the basis of seniority.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said JD(U) supremo H D Deve Gowda had no role in any issue pertaining to ministry formation and allocation of portfolios.
“Mine is not an independent government. I had requested the people to give me a mandate that prevents me from succumbing to any pressure other than you. But today I am at the mercy of the Congress. I am not under the pressure of the 6.5 crore people of the state,” Kumaraswamy said.
Seeking the trust vote in the Assembly, Kumaraswamy said he was now a much more mature politician than what he was 10 years ago when he was chief minister of Karnataka for the first time.
“We are also yet to decide on what portfolios have to go to them and what should be with us, then five years term- whether they should be or we should also…all those modalities we have still not discussed,” said G Parameshwara.