Karnataka Cabinet tussle: Congress gets home ministry while Janata Dal(Secular) manages to wrest finance

Amid the counting of votes for the various bypolls and a thumping win for Congress in the RR Nagar Assembly seat, some important portfolios for the Karnataka Cabinet have been announced on Thursday.File images of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy. PTIFile images of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy. PTIWhile Congress has got the Home Ministry, JD(S) has managed to bag the Finance Ministry which chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is expected to helm to fulfil his pre-poll promise of farm-loan waiver.Overall, as of now, the Congress-JD(S) combine government in Karnataka is looking at a 22-12 MLA combination for the Vidhan Soudha. While a further expansion is expected to happen on Monday.The message from this arrangement seems loud and clear that the Congress is not afraid to let go of important holdings in a government in order to keep its allies pleased. However, its position stands emboldened in light of the RR Nagar verdict and may thus look to further its strength in the Legislative Assembly ahead of the expansion.Earlier, according to a The Hindu report, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is out of the country for his mother Sonia Gandhi’s annual health check-up, was planning to return earlier than expected to iron out the differences between the alliance partners. But the same report stated that before leaving Gandhi had fully empowered the trio of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot to see through the cabinet formation.