New Delhi, May 21: Chief Minister-designate H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday, May 19, announced that he would be taking oath on Wednesday, May 23, in presence of all the prominent leaders. All prominent chief ministers, especially the ones who do not belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are expected to grace the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy. The JD(S) leader also said that he would be taking oath at the Kanteerava stadium at around 12:30 PM.

“I will be taking oath at the Kanteerava stadium. On the suggestion of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, we will be extending invitations to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, BSP supremo Mayawati, Telangana CM K C Chandrashekar Rao, and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu,” Kumaraswamy told the media soon after meeting Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government.

Mamata Banerjee was one of the first ones who had called up Kumaraswamy to congratulate him. “I just spoke with Kumaraswamy Ji and congratulated him. He invited me for the oath taking ceremony…,” she tweeted. Expressing happiness at the victory of Congress-JD(S), she said, “Democracy wins. Congratulations Karnataka. Congratulations DeveGowda Ji, Kumaraswamy Ji, Congress and others. Victory of the ‘regional’ front.”

H D Deve Gowda had invited Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to the oath-taking ceremony. “BJP’s attempts to subvert democracy have miserably failed in Karnataka. BJP’s lust for power through foul means stands completely exposed. Will BJP learn any lesson now ? India’s judiciary has risen to the occasion and has safeguarded our democracy,” Kejriwal had tweeted.

“Right now news has come that BS Yeddyurappa has resigned as Karnataka’s CM, are all of you happy? All those who believe in democracy are happy,” Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu told ANI. Naidu’s cabinet colleagues have suggested that he attend the ceremony given his closeness to former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, a statement from the party said.

The developments over the last few days and the presence of all anti-BJP forces seem like the Opposition show of strength ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In order to protect the Congress and JD(S) MLAs from horse-trading, the grand-old party kept moving them from one place to another.

“At least three to four lakh people will be assembling at the Kanteerava stadium on Monday. Both the parties cadre have agreed to the coalition and there is no dissent,” he had said.