Six months too early to assess govt’s performance, says Siddaramaiah

Mysuru: Former chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday that six months was too early a period to assess the performance of the Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government. 

Mr Siddaramaiah, who also heads the coordination committee of the coalition, said the much-awaited expansion of the cabinet would take place at the earliest after discussions with Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "It (government) is going fine. Six months is too early to assess the performance of the government," he told the media here. 

The former chief minister said the government was implementing the common minimum programme set out by the coalition coordination committee as well as programmes of the previous Congress government. Responding to a question, Mr Siddaramaiah maintained that there was good coordination between both leaders of Congress and JDS. He said state unit leaders would go to New Delhi to finalise details about induction of new faces into the cabinet after securing an appointment with Mr Gandhi. There are now six vacant ministerial positions left for the Congress, and two for the JDS in the cabinet. 

Mr Siddaramaiah said preparations and discussions about seat-sharing pact with JD (S) for Lok Sabha polls in 2019 would commence soon after completion of polling in five northern states.

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