Coordination panel’s first meeting on Thursday

Main item on the agenda is preparing a common minimum programme for the coalition govt.

Amid growing discontent among a section of Karnataka Congress MLAs, the Congress–Janata Dal (Secular) coordination committee will have its first meeting on Thursday.

The main item on the agenda is to prepare a common minimum programme (CMP) for the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition. But the panel will also discuss ways of accommodating the “disgruntled” MLAs.

Cabinet berths

“Both the parties will look at how one can accommodate the MLAs who didn’t find a place in the Council of Ministers,” said a Congress leader.

With the Congress keeping six vacancies from its quota of 22 in the ministry and disgruntlement among a section of MLAs growing since the expansion of the Cabinet, the panel would discuss names of legislators for ministerial berths, sources said.

The first meeting is likely to discuss the issue of forming a subcommittee/group that will prepare the CMP document by examining the election manifesto of both the parties. Apart from putting in programmes that are common to both the parties, the CMP is expected to mention the key promises made by both the Congress and the JD(S).

Confirming the meeting to The Hindu, JD(S) leader and convener of the coordination panel Danish Ali said, “Yes we will have the first meeting on June 14 and will work out the modalities. I am not aware of any other agenda at this stage.”

The meeting, which will be held at the Kumara Krupa Guest House and presided over by the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is the chairman of the committee, would discuss issues related to transfers of officials, appointment of chiefs to various boards and corporations, schedule of monsoon session of the State legislature, and the proposals to be included in the State Budget to be presented by Mr. Kumaraswamy.

Farm loan waiver

Sources said that implementation of farm loan waiver promised by the JD(S) would also come up for discussion. Since students’ associations have planned to hold protests on Friday demanding free bus passes as promised by the previous government in its budget, the meeting is likely to discuss the conditions/modalities for providing bus passes to them.

The committee is likely to shortlist the number of statutory boards and corporations for appointment of chiefs from both the parties. As per the June 1 agreement, all appointments to statutory boards and corporations would be cleared by the committee.

The Congress would nominate its leaders for two-thirds of these bodies and the JD(S) would take the remaining one-third.

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