In a move that is likely to generate some political heat, two senior Congress MLAs — D.K. Shivakumar and Roshan Baig — are being inducted into the State Cabinet on Wednesday. The swearing-in ceremony is to be held at 5.15 p.m. at the Raj Bhavan.
The two senior leaders were not considered for Cabinet berths earlier, after their names figured in cases related to illegal mining and land grabbing. When the Congress government was formed, their names were not considered for inclusion in the Cabinet after freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy and Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, a non-governmental organisation, opposed it.
However, pressure was mounting on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to induct Mr. Shivakumar in the Cabinet, after the latter’s brother, D.K. Suresh, wrested the Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha seat from the Janata Dal (Secular).
With the fresh inclusions, the Cabinet strength would rise to 31. However, there would still be three berths to be filled. This is the second expansion of the Congress Ministry in seven and half months.
With this, the representation of Bangalore city has gone up to five, and Ramanagaram district has been given representation for the first time in the Cabinet.
Unfortunately, it was a sad day for Mr. Shivakumar as his father, Kempegowda (82), passed away in the city on Tuesday.