Bengaluru, May 23: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as Karnataka chief minister at 4.30 PM today at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Alongside him, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President G Parameshwara will be sworn in as Deputy chief minister of the state. Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer oath of office and oath of secrecy to the Chief Minister-Designate and his deputy. The ministry and portfolio allocation will be decided after the floor test which is due to be held on May 24. However, in a meeting yesterday a decision was taken that 22 out of 34 ministries would be helmed by the Congress and 12 ministries including the Chief Minister would go with the JD(S). Stay tuned for LIVE updates on oath taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy as CM of Karnataka.
Congress’ KR Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker of Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha, while the appointment of deputy speaker will be from the JD(S).
Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony will be attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which bagged the highest number of seats in Karnataka Elections Results 2018, has announced to observe May 23 as “Anti People’s Mandate Day”. Party functionaries will stage black flag demonstration throughout the state led by state party president BS Yeddyurappa at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Bengaluru’s Ananda Rao Circle against the ‘unholy alliance’ of Congress-JD(S).
In Karnataka Elections 2018 Results, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, only nine seats short of the simple majority mark of 113. On the other the Congress with 78 seats and JD(S) with 37 seats, along with two independent candidates, formed a post-poll alliance with a total of 117 MLAs.
However, Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form a government on May 16, and gave him 15 days to prove majority. On May 18, the Supreme Court, on the plea of the Congress and JD(S), shifted the floor test to May 19. Yeddyurappa stepped down from the post of chief minister before the floor test could be conducted, mere two days after he was sworn in, as he was unable to garner the required number by the deadline.
Same evening, the Governor invited Kumaraswamy to form the government in the state. He was earlier expected to take oath on May 21, but the ceremony later got pushed to May 23 due to the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.