JD(S) snatches finance over threat

Bengaluru: After almost a week of bitter wrangling over portfolios which saw the two sides hit an impasse and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy threatening to walk out of the coalition, the Janata Dal(S)-Congress government on Monday laid their differences aside and will, in all probability swear in a full fledged cabinet as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.

The JD(S) pulled off a major coup after the Congress was persuaded into giving up the prized portfolio of finance and setting for home, water resources and the biggie, Bengaluru development, instead. 

The JD(S) has finally got what it wanted-finance- and also public works and revenue. Initially, the Congress was willing to offer the JD(S) only horticulture, sericulture, forest, science and technology and statistics, but gave up later after JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda reportedly asked his son to walk out of the talks.

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