NEW DELHI: A total of 24 ministers will take oath on Saturday as part of the

Karnataka Cabinet expansion

Earlier in the day, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and his deputy D K


held meetings with top


leaders in New Delhi regarding expansion of the state cabinet.
The duo had met Congress general secretary in-charge for Karnataka Randeep Surjewala and the party’s general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal.

They then held meetings with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge separately at his residence.
Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar along with Surjewala then held a meeting at the party’s Gurudwara Rakabganj Road office and discussed the names that could be included in the expanded


of the state.
Sources said 24 more ministers are likely to be inducted in the

Karnataka Cabinet

on May 27.
Battle for berths
Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar were sworn in as Karnataka CM and deputy CM respectively along with eight cabinet ministers on May 20.

However, the ministers have not yet been allocated their portfolios.
The Congress high command approved the first list of eight ministers against the earlier plan of inducting a much higher number of around 28 legislators into the cabinet.
Sources said the names of only those MLAs were cleared who represented all sections and were senior-most and there were no objections from any side over the choice.
Differences between Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar are emerging over names of probable ministers with both pushing the case of MLAs close to them.
Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 ministers and the Congress will find it difficult to accommodate all the aspirants.
(With inputs from agencies)

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