New Delhi, May 21: Karnataka chief minister-designate H D Kumaraswamy is likely to take oath alone on Wednesday, May 23. According to the sources, rest of his cabinet will take oath after the trust vote, which is also likely to be held on May 23. A news agency ANI reported that Kumaraswamy met BSP Chief Mayawati in the national capital. After which rumours started coming that a BSP MLA is expected to be part of the state cabinet.
He also had a telephonic conversation with CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and invited him to attend his swearing-in ceremony on May 23. Soon, Kumaraswamy will be meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today to discuss the modalities of forming the Janata Dal (S)-Congress government in the state.
Earlier in the day, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Karnataka, Congress chief G Parameshwara and D K Shivakumar will also hold talks with the central leadership on the nitty-gritty of government formation.
Congress, which won 78 seats in Karnataka Assembly elections, is likely to get 20 berths in the 33-member Karnataka cabinet. The JD(S), which has 37 MLAs after H D Kumaraswamy vacated his Ramanagara seat, will get the rest of the seats. Congress has reportedly decided to give the deputy CM post to G Parameshwara, who is from the Dalit community. However, there is a demand from Lingayats that a Deputy CM’s post should be given to a person from the community. Congress will try to fulfill the demand to erase the anti-Lingayat tag it had earned post-Siddaramaiah government’s efforts to give it a minority religion status. (ALSO READ: Karnataka Result Was an Anti-Congress Mandate, Says Amit Shah)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B S Yeddyurappa had stepped down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state assembly as the BJP fell short of numbers, following which Kumaraswamy met Governor Vajubhai Vala, and said he had been invited to form the government.
Karnataka assembly polls threw up a hung assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats. The JD-S (36) and Congress (78) alliance has 117 members in the House. With the support of three others, Kumaraswamy has 6 more than the required 111 halfway mark, excluding the Speaker to prove a majority in the House. The Karnataka Assembly has a total strength of 224. Elections to 2 seats were deferred and voting took place for 222 seats. The total number in the House will go down from 222 to 221 as H.D Kumaraswamy, who contested from two seats and won from both, will have to vacate one seat.