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Deve Gowda, Dharam Singh meet

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BANGALORE, NOV. 9. The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, met here tonight over dinner but could not spend much time discussing the impending expansion of the coalition ministry.

Sources in the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress told The Hindu here that the two leaders were likely to meet again on Wednesday. While the Janata Dal (S) has been demanding that the ministry be expanded to the optimum size, which should enable the addition of another 22 ministers with 11 from each side, the Chief Minister was stated to be keen on a partial expansion by adding eight Ministers each from both the parties.

It was stated that Mr. Deve Gowda would hold discussions with the Deputy Chief Minister and leader of the Janata Dal (S) Legislature Party, Siddaramaiah, and the Minister for Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia, on Wednesday before meeting the Chief Minister. Thereafter, Mr. Dharam Singh would leave for New Delhi to seek the concurrence of the Congress High Command for the expansion. The expansion would tentatively take place on November 18.

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