New Delhi: Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy (HDK) this morning met AICC President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the issues relating to functioning of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the State.
Kumaraswamy, who was here to participate in the Niti Aayog Council meeting yesterday at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, had extended his stay by a day to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union Ministers to discuss about pending State issues.
In the morning he met Rahul Gandhi at his residence and held detailed discussion relating to issues that confronted the coalition government. He had sought Gandhi to speak to his party-men on these issues.
Later addressing media persons here, Kumaraswamy said, Rahul Gandhi also had suggested certain points for the smooth functioning of the coalition government which had been formed with the sole interest of providing a better government in the State and improve the lot of the people. He said that he had also raised issues relating to portfolio and him (Rahul Gandhi) to discuss with the Congress leaders and find a solution. He did not elaborate on it.
Asked whether he discussed about Cabinet expansion, Kumaraswamy said it was purely an internal matter of the Congress. He would meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the afternoon. He said it would be purely a courtesy call.
The Chief Minister would later meet Modi to discuss the Cauvery issue, especially about the functioning of the Cauvery Water Management Board, which among other things had been mandated to meet once in ten days and decide about the quantum of water to be released from the reservoirs in the basin to Tamil Nadu.
The State had not accepted this proposal as it was purely against its interest. The State should have the prerogative to release water from its reservoirs and ensure injustice was not done to farmers in basin area, he added.