New Delhi, May 20: Karnataka chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday ruled out the possibility power-sharing formula with Congress and termed it ‘bogus’. Talking to reporters, Kumaraswamy said that the power-sharing formula of 30 months each between the parties is bogus and he will be chief minister for five years. Kumarasway will be meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former party chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi tomorrow in the afternoon. He will invite both leaders for the swearing-in ceremony.
“I’m visiting New Delhi tomorrow. I will meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the party’s senior leader Sonia Gandhi,” he told reporters. Based on the outcome of discussions with them, a decision will be taken on the number of Congress and JD(S) MLAs who will become ministers, Kumaraswamy added. (Karnataka Assembly Floor Test: All You Need to Know About The Number Game)
On Saturday B S Yeddyurappa stepped down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state assembly as the BJP fell short of numbers. In an unusually emotional speech, Yeddyurappa said that he failed to muster the numbers.
“Mostly on Wednesday there will be an oath-taking ceremony after that on Thursday we will complete the process of Speaker’s election and trust vote,” he further said. After meeting the governor, Kumaraswamy had on Saturday said the swearing-in ceremony would take place tentatively between 12 noon and 1.50 pm at Kanteerava stadium on May 21. But, later he announced that the event would be held on May 23 as May 21 happens to be the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The venue of the swearing-in is also likely to be changed, with party sources now saying it is likely to take place at Vidhana Soudha (the seat of the state legislature). (ALSO READ:Karnataka Chief Minister Designate HD Kumaraswamy Mobbed by Own Party Workers For Selfie)
After election result declared on May 15, the Karnataka state has witnessed the high political drama. First, Karnataka governor had invited BJP to form the government and gave them 15 days time to prove their majority on the floor to assembly. Following which, the Congress had moved to the Supreme Court. Hearing the plea, the Supreme Court had reduced the time given by the Governor to the BJP to prove simple majority in the house and asked the party to hold the trust vote May 19 at 4 pm.
In Karnataka elections, the BJP won 104 of the 222 seats, falling eight short of the 112-halfway mark. The Congress bagged 78 seats and the JD-S 37 along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). 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.
(With PTI inputs)