Karnataka Cabinet expanded; 5 new members
Bangalore, Jan 25:Karnataka Cabinet was expanded today with induction of five legislators into the Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition Ministry.
Governor T N Chaturvedi administered oath of secrecy to Mr G T Devegowda, Mahadeva Prasad, R Srinivas (all JD-S), S Shivanna, Appasaheb Mallappa Pattanshetty (all BJP) at a simple ceremony held in Banquet Hall in Raj Bhavan.
This was third time Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy effected the expansion of his ministry after assuming power on February Three 2006 when himself and Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa were sworn in. The Ministry was first expanded on February 17 with the induction of 20 legislators--BJP 11 and JD-S Nine.
The Ministry was expanded second time on June 21-2006 to accommodate senior leaders including M P Prakash and Chief Minister's brother H D Revanna and two others from JD-S and four from BJP.
With today's expansion the size of the ministry has risen to 34 with both coalition partners having equal share.
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