Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwar have reportedly finalised the names of three leaders to induct them in the cabinet expansion. The probables are HM Revanna from Kuruba community, K Shadakshari from Lingayat community and Thimmapura from SC quota who are expected to take oath on Friday, if Siddaramaiah goes ahead with the cabinet expansion plan. Sources told Kannada Prabha that the cabinet expansion may happen by this weekend. But, this will be confirmed only after the meeting with State in-charge Venugopal on Aug 31.

There has been significant development after the list was submitted to the High Command. Most importantly both the Left Hand and Right Hand factions from the schedule community have stood their ground claiming minister’s post to candidate from their community. Mallikarjuna Kharge had recommended Motamma from the Right Hand faction, while Parameshwar had recommended Malavalli MLA Narendraswamy. But MP Muniyappa is insisting on Timmapura of Left Hand faction, reports Kannada Prabha.

Besides, Chief Minister also wants to include CM Ibrahim into the Cabinet, it is reported. But to accommodate him, someone needs to be replaced. A decision in this regard will be held after the meeting with Venugopal, who is expected to visit the city on Aug 30. Until then, all the three probables including Ibrahim have to wait and watch. According to Kannada Prabha, Revanna may get Forest, Excise for Thimmapura and co-operative for Shadakshari. Also, Ramanath Rai may be given home minister portfolio.

Venugopal will hold the first meeting with the Belagavi zone on Aug 31 at 10 am at the KPCC office, followed by Kalaburgi, Mysuru and Bengaluru zones. In the evening, at 7 pm he will hold a meeting with all ministers at a private resort at Devanahalli. Invitations have been sent to all ministers and ministers who were touring the districts will arrive in the City on Wednesday, say sources.

Meanwhile, at Hubli, KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar said that non-performing legislators will not be given tickets. Speaking at a media interaction programme, Parameshwar said some of the legislators have fared very poorly and some have a repulsive attitude towards locals. The party is considering such issues seriously and will assess their performance before giving the ticket, he said.