Congress has released its first list of Karnataka cabinet ministers on Saturday, just hours ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar.
The first list of cabinet ministers consists of 8 names. Prominent leaders which are elected as cabinet ministers by the party are Dr DG Parameshwara, KH Muniyappa, KJ George, MB Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyank Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy and BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan.
Earlier in the morning, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge confirmed to the media that 8 MLAs will take oath along with the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister in the swearing-in ceremony today.
“Today is the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and eight MLAs who will take oath as the ministers (in the state cabinet), everyone is attending it. I am going for the same. It is a matter of delight that a new and strong Congress government has come to power in Karnataka. This will benefit Karnataka and it is creating a good environment in the country,” said Kharge while talking to the media.
The oath ceremony will take place at 12.30 pm today in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.
Congress on Thursday announced that party leader Siddaramaiah will be the next Karnataka Chief Minister and DK Shivakumar will be his sole Deputy Chief Minister. Shivakumar will also remain as the Congress’ Karnataka Pradesh chief till the Lok Sabha polls said at the party’s headquarters here.
Crediting the party’s emphatic victory in Karnataka to the people of the State, Venugopal said that both Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar deserve to become the chief ministers.