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Karnataka Cabinet Expansion :24 MLAs will take the oath of office as ministers

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A week after taking over in Karnataka, the Congress on Friday unveiled a list of 24 legislators who, according to party leaders, will be sworn in as ministers on May 27.
There can be 34 ministers in the Karnataka cabinet. Ten of them were sworn in on May 20, including the chief minister Siddaramaiah and his deputy D K Shivakumar.

On Saturday at noon, a number of people will take the oath of office, including Congress working president Eshwar Khandre, former state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao, MLAs H K Patil, Krishna Byregowda, N Cheluvarayaswamy, K Venkatesh, and H C Mahadevappa.

The following people are also on the list: Mankal Vaidya, Laxmi Hebbalkar, Rahim Khan, D Sudhakar, Santosh Lad, N S Boseraju, Suresha B S, Madhu Bangarappa, M C Sudhakar, and B Nagendra. Kyathasandra N. Rajanna, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, Shivanand Patil, Ramappa Balappa Timmapur.

According to Congress sources, Lakshmi Hebbalkar, Madhu Bangarappa, D Sudhakar, Cheluvaraya Swami, Mankul Vaidya, and M C Sudhakar are close to Shivakumar.

Six Lingayats and four Vokkaligas are named on the list provided by the Congress.

Five MLAs—Kuruba, Raju, Maratha, Ediga, and Mogaveera—are from Other Backward Communities, while two MLAs come from Scheduled Tribes and two MLAs come from Scheduled Castes.

Brahmins now have a cabinet representative in Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Each of the Karnataka areas of Old Mysuru and Kalyana has seven ministers, while Kittur has six and central Karnataka has two.

According to an official statement, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah achieved a balance by providing caste- and region-specific representation in addition to showing respect for both senior and junior MLAs.

He added that there will be eight Lingayats in the cabinet. Different segments of the community have been represented within them.

According to the statement, there will be five Vokkaligas, including Mr. Shivakumar.


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