After all the high political drama in Karnataka, finally Kumaraswamy will take oath at the Grand Steps of Vidhana Soudha, at 4:30 p.m. today. The JD(S)-Congress alliance has already garnered support from all Opposition parties and are likely to attend Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony.
Alongside Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President G. Parameshwara will take oath as the Deputy Chief Minister. Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath of office and oath of secrecy to the Chief Minister Designate. A day before, top leaders from Congress and JD(S) met to discuss the portfolio sharing between the allies and decided 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).
Congress’ KR Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker of Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha, while the deputy speaker will be appointed from the JD(S). Rest of the ministry and portfolio allocation will be decided after the floor test which is due to be held on May 24.
Most of the Opposition leaders will attend the swearing-in ceremony, among the confirmed attendees are United Progressive Alliance (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.
Kumaraswamy 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. Kumaraswamy had earlier served as the chief minister of the state from February 2006 to October 2007.
1.45 pm: Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Pawar and Akhilesh Yadav arrive in Bengaluru to take part in the oath-taking ceremony of JD(S)’ HD Kumaraswamy .
12.00 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray not to attend Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony.
9.00 am: It’s the high command which decides all these, they chose me, says G Parameshwara.
8.30 am: Earlier visuals of celebrations from outside HD Kumaraswamy’s residence in Bengaluru.
8.00 am: Visuals of celebrations from outside HD Kumaraswamy residence in Bengaluru.