Karnataka govt formation updates: Kumaraswamy promises 'balance' between Congress, JD(S) agenda

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Karnataka govt formation updates: Kumaraswamy promises 'balance' between Congress, JD(S) agenda
  • 22:03 (IST)

    Cash-starved Congress will find it hard to defeat 'millionare' BJP

    According to reports, the Congress party coffers are running dry for months as it lost power in state after state. A Bloomberg Quint report said that for the past five months, the Congress leadership has stopped sending the funds required to run its offices in various states. To overcome the crisis, Congress has urged members to step up contributions and has put in place several amnesty measures.

    Meanwhile the BJP is flush with cash as big businesses have steadily migrated away from the Congress. According to ADRBJP received Rs 705.81 crore from 2987 corporate donors, in contrast to NC which could only manage a contribution of Rs 198.16 crore from 167 corporate donors. The BJP's expenditures too were more than double that of Congress in the financial year 2016-17, another ADR report said. 

  • 21:24 (IST)

    Watch: Mamata Banerjee reprimand Bengaluru cop reportedly because she had to walk a few metres 

  • 21:20 (IST)

    Karnataka Assembly to convene on 25 May at 12.15 pm; HDK will take floor test

  • 21:19 (IST)

    HD Kumaraswamy may not move into 'inauspicious' CM's official bungalow 

    Various media reports have said that Kumaraswamy may continue living in his personal JP Nagar residence and not move into the official CM's residence, Anugraha. He will instead move into the chief secretary's residence, once she retires and moves out of it. The modest 5-bedroom-bungalow is located between Balabrooie, the state guest house, and the National Gallery of Modern Art. 

    Set amid a thick canopy of trees, the residence has a total built-up area of 20,000 sq. feet. The ground floor has three bedrooms each with an en-suite, while the first floor has two bedrooms with en-suite facilities, and a sitting hall. It also has a sitting hall, the dining hall, kitchen and a storeroom. A home office and servant quarters are also located on the premises, Bangalore Mirror reported. 

    According to IBTimesthe reason Kumaraswamy has steered clear of Anugraha this time is its 'inauspicious Vastu'. "He has been in touch with two prominent Vastu pundits who were assigned to check out the four available CM residences including Cauvery and Anugraha. After surveying the houses, they warned Kumaraswamy not to move to any of the designated official residences or else he may not complete the full five-year term," the report said. 

    The chief minister has been on a temple run ever since BS Yeddyurappa stepped down and his rise to power became imminent. 

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav congratulates Kumaraswamy, says pleased to share stage with senior leaders

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Narendra Modi spoke to HD Kumaraswamy on phone and congratulated him on being sworn-in 

  • 19:51 (IST)

    Aware of bumpy road ahead, understand sentiment of those agains alliance, says Deputy CM G Parameshwara

    Aware of the bumpy roads ahead as the Congress-JDS coalition takes over the state administration, Parameshwara has said that difficult times are ahead for the coalition, but there was a need to stop the BJP from coming to power in the southern state.

     
    He had said he understood the sentiments of many who were averse to a tie-up between the Congress and the JDS, but the Congress had lent support to Gowda's party to keep communal forces away from power. 

  • 19:32 (IST)

    Narendra Modi sends best wishes to HD Kumaraswamy; JD(S) leader responds using Karnataka CMO handle

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Narendra Modi sends best wishes to HD Kumaraswamy; JD(S) leader responds using Karnataka CMO handle

  • 18:59 (IST)

    Meet G Parameshwara: Unflinching Congress loyalist who finally made it to Dy CM's post

    The Dalit face of the Congress in Karnataka and its state unit chief G Parameshwara has finally made it to the deputy chief minister's post, for which he has been a contender for too long. The longest-serving state party president since October 2010, 66-year-old Parameshwara has remained a hardcore loyalist of the party ever since his political debut through the Congress.

     
     
    An educationist born into a well-to-do family, articulate, soft-spoken and suave, Parameshwara had tried his hand in diversified fields before rising to prominence in politics. He was born in Gollahandi in Tumkur district and grew up in Tumkur.
     
     
    Having obtained a PhD in plant physiology from Waite Agriculture Research Centre of the University of Adelaide, he became the administrative officer of the Sri Siddhartha Institute of Technology, a group of institutions his family had built.
     
     
    He did his B.Sc and M.Sc in Agriculture from University of Agriculture Sciences in Bengaluru. His meeting with Rajiv Gandhi in 1989 changed his fortunes. Parameshwara had gone to meet Gandhi in New Delhi when the latter realised the potential in him and invited him to join politics.
    He was then made joint secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. 
     
     
    Parameshwara always remained unflinching in his loyalty to the Congress, even during the tumultuous phase in the party. He took the plunge into the electoral politics in 1989 when he defeated his nearest rival from Janata Dal in Madhugiri.- PTI

  • 18:52 (IST)

    HD Kumaraswamy's political journey

    HD Kumaraswamy entered electoral politics by contesting the Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat in 1996 and won. He subsequently lost both parliamentary and assembly elections. He got elected to the assembly for the first time in 2004, when the JD(S) joined the coalition government headed by Congress’s Dharm Singh after the elections threw up a hung House.

    In 2006, he rebelled and walked out of the coalition with 42 MLAs against the wish of his father, citing threat to the party, and formed the government with the BJP, becoming the chief minister during his very first term as MLA. Under a rotational chief ministership arrangement, he helmed the state for 20 months.

    When the BJP’s turn for chief ministership came, he reneged on the arrangement, and brought down the Yeddyurappa government within seven days. In the election that followed in 2008, the BJP formed its government in Karnataka, its first south of the Vindhyas. 

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Narendra Modi lies when it suits him: Kumaraswamy

    "Narendra Modi lies whenever it suits him. He said he will solve the Mahadayi issue but he did not. There are more important issues than Lingayats in Karnataka. Let me assure you one thing, there will be a major political change in 2019," Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said.

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Not a seers job to crticise politicians, say Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy 

    "To some Swami ji's all I have to say is, if you have a favourite case or community, then keep that to your mutt. My politics has never been about one or two castes. A Swami's job is not to criticise politicians, they should advise us or join politics themselves. If Swami ji's want to talk about how only BJP has the right to form government, let them come into politics. Your job is to spread dharma, not comment on politics. I respect seers but such comments hurt me. What wrong have I done? It was me who brought the BJP to power 10 years back. Let them realise my contribution to their party. Don't think of the JD(S) as a small party. Nelson Mandela used to say poverty is not an accident, it can be removed. That is our main focus. We want justice, food, shelter and peace for all. That is this government's aim," said Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy.

  • 18:38 (IST)

    Will delicately balance JD(S) and Congress' ideas on governance, says HD Kumaraswamy 

    "The Congress have their ideas and I have mine so we will strike a delicate balance in running this government. We will work towards fulfilling both our parties' vision. You will come to know of it all when my government presents a new budget. I already have a blueprint on how to waive farmer loans. Let's now keep the politics aside and work towards the state's development. My office will be open 24 hours for you to come and report on where we have gone wrong. There is no one more adjustable than G Parameshwara, who is the deputy CM. I can guarantee you that any difference of opinion will be solved within minutes," said HD Kumaraswamy in his maiden presser as Karnataka CM. 

  • 18:25 (IST)

    'We are not responsible for political instability'
     

    "No party got the clear majority in the elections. We are not responsible for the political instability. I have to take a trust vote on 25 May, until then, I have no powers. Our BJP friends are up to a lot of activity in this, I will respond to them in the Assembly. This government will be more stable than you realise. This is for the first time that so many national-level leaders are coming together on one stage for an oath-taking ceremony," says Kumaraswamy

  • 18:09 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee congratulates HD Kumaraswamy on swearing-in 

  • 17:58 (IST)

    Won't backtrack on promises but there would be limitations in coalition govt, says HD Kumaraswamy 

    HD Kumaraswamy today said there would be certain limitations in a coalition government and he would have to take the consent of his coalition partner, the Congress.

    Speaking to reporters at Mysuru after worshipping Goddess Chamundeshwari on the Chamunda Hill, he said, "I have limitations as a head of the coalition government. I have to take our coalition partners into confidence."
     
     
    "They (Congress) too have their own programmes in their manifesto. We have to compile the manifesto of two parties and after improving the economy of the state, we will waive farm loans. There is no question of my backtracking," he added.
     
     
    However financial difficulties are there, without disturbing the state economy we will implement it, the JDS leader said.
     
     
    He said it was not true that the new government has taken a u-turn on waiving farmer loans adding there was no changes in the promises made in the party manifesto. The JDS leader appealed to farmers not to take "drastic steps."

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Deputy CM G Parameshwara tweets after taking oath of office, says will work for welfare of people 

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy takes oath with galaxy of top leaders in attendance

    H D Kumaraswamy was today sworn in as the Karnataka chief minister at the head of a JD(S)-Congress coalition government. 

     
    Other members of the council of ministers will be inducted after the Kumaraswamy government wins the trust vote on Friday. Attired in the traditional "dhoti" and white shirt, Kumaraswamy took the oath in the name of God and the people of "Kannada Nadu".
     
     
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu, and Pinarayi Vijayan, her counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala respectively, were present.
     
     
    Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who have struck an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and socialist leader Sharad Yadav were also in attendance. The show of strength by a galaxy of national leaders and regional satraps is being seen as a strong signal to the BJP about the possibility of formation of a broad-based front to take on the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha polls next year. - PTI

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Union Home minister Rajnath Singh congratulates new government in Karnataka

  • 17:02 (IST)

    Thumbnail image of a united Opposition

    After the oath of office was administered to HD Kumaraswamy and G Parameshwara, the Opposition leaders present on the stage posed for a picture that could define the anti-BJP narrative in 2019 elections. On the same dias, we had a Akhilesh Yadav engaged in small talk with Mayawati, a Sonia Gandhi hugging a Mayawati and a Mamata Banerjee exchanging pleasentaries with Sitaram Yechury.

    But the questions remains whether such a coalition could come together, and more importantly sustain, purely on the basis of keeping Narendra Modi-led BJP out of power. 

  • 16:51 (IST)

    Watch: Opposition might on full display at HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Congress' G Parameshwara takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka 

  • 16:36 (IST)

    HD Kumaraswamy is Chief Minister of Karnataka 

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to HD Kumaraswamy 

  • 16:32 (IST)

    National Anthem plays out at swearing-in ceremony; oath taking begins

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Opposition camaraderie at display during HD Kumaraswamy's oath taking ceremony

  • 16:29 (IST)

    Rahul, Sonia Gandhi take stage at HDK's swearing-in 

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Watch: HD Kumaraswamy, G Parameshwara take stage for their swearing-in

  • 16:20 (IST)

    HD Dewe Gowda arrives at son's swearing-in ceremony 

    Soon-to-be sworn-in chief minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy, his father the former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has arrived at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru.

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati share camaraderie on stage ahead of HDK's swearing-in 

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Pre-monsoon drizzle in Bengaluru ahead of HDK swearing-in; JD(S) workers spirits undamped 

  • 16:11 (IST)

    I endorsed this coalition for the good of the people of Karnataka: HD Dewe Gowda

    Speaking to CNN-news18, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo, HD Dewe Gowda said that the Congress-JD(S) coalition has his blessings. "I endorsed this coalition for the good of the people," HD Dewe Gowda said. 

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Sonia, Rahul Gandhi addressed newly-elected Congress MLAs in Karnataka

  • 16:02 (IST)

    Pinarayi Vijayan arrives at Vidhan Soudha ahead of swearing-in; Rahul Gandhi too leaves from Hilton Hotel 

    According to CNN-News18, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with other dignitaries have reached the venue. Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury had arrived earlier.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    N Chandrababu Naidu met Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee in Bengaluru ahead of HDK's swearing-in

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Its a full house at HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in as Opposition leaders start arriving at the venue

    Image Courtesy: News18

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Preparations in full swing outside Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru 

    PTI

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Pre-monsoon showers in Bengaluru ahead of HDK swearing-in 

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal, Chandrababu Naidu and Sitaram Yechury met in Bengaluru ahead of HDK swearing-in 

  • 15:28 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa, Sriramulu resigned as MP's but constituencies magically disappear from vacancy lists on LS website 

    Something very curious is happening on the Lok Sabha website. BJP's BS Yeddyurappa along with co-legislator B Sreeramulu, both CM and deputy CM hopefuls, had resigned as Lok Sabha members on Saturday after taking oath as the MLAs of the newly-constituted state Legislative Assembly. This interestingly brought down BJP's tally at 272, the borderline magic number mark. If one counts BJP MLAs Shatrughan Sinha's rebellion and Kirti Azad's disqualification, the tally drops under the majority mark to 270. 

    However, several Twitter users reported that after the BJP failed to prove its majority in Karnataka, the Lok Sabha website started showing BS Yeddyurappa and Sriramulu's names back in the list of MPs. Their constituencies too were missing from the vacant constituencies list. When Firstpost tried to corroborate this, the MLAs names were missing from list of MPs but the two Lok Sabha constituencies were still not being shown as vacant. 

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Anti-BJP leaders gather in Karnataka but how long will this ragtag alliance last?

    "It is anti-Narendra Modi and anti-BJP now. It was anti-Indira Gandhi and anti-Congress in 1977.

    Then it was the coming together of such diverse political entities as Jana Sangh (now the BJP), Congress (Organisation), Congress for Democracy and Bharatiya Kranti Dal, to name a few, that merged to form the Janata Party. Now, the diverse parties, many an offshoot of sorts or the original Janata Party — like Kumaraswamy’s JD(S), want to form a coalition, to retain and strengthen their regional identities, not a merger, to fight Modi. The original Janata Party lasted around two years. This one has just one year, which is long enough for today's supposed show of "Opposition unity" to fall apart."

    Read the full article here

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy says he won’t go back on pre-poll promises

    Karnataka Chief Minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said the Janata Dal (Secular)’s decision to provide a loan waiver to farmers and several other promises remain unchanged despite its post-poll alliance with the Congress.

    “All the promises made in the manifesto will be implemented... Safeguarding the interest of the farming community is our top priority. All decisions will be taken by the coalition and not just me,” Kumaraswamy told ANI.

  • 14:16 (IST)

    DK Shivakumar 'not unhappy' on not being named deputy CM, says parties stand united

    DK Shivakumar rubbished reports claiming that his supporters were unhappy over him not recieving the deputy chief minister's post in the coalition government.

    He said, "No one is unhappy, we all are together. We are celebrating that our government is coming in power. I never said that I'm an aspirant of Karnataka deputy chief minister post. All is well within our parties." 

  • 13:54 (IST)

    Visuals of regional leaders arriving in Bengaluru for HD Kumaraswamy's oath-taking ceremony

  • 13:45 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav arrives in Bengaluru

    Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has arrived in Bengaluru to attend HD Kumaraswamy's oath-taking ceremony.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    WATCH: N Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee address media

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Pawar arrive in Bengaluru 

    According to CNN-News18, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and NCP chief Sharad Pawar have arrived in Bengaluru to attend JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in. 

  • 13:24 (IST)

    We are here to strengthen regional parties, say Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee

    "We want to express our solidarity. We are all very happy about the Congress-JD(S) coalition," said Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. 

    "We congratulate Karnataka brothers and sisters. In future we'll work together to protect and promote national interest. All regional parties are at Kumaraswamy's swearing-in to support him," said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.  

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Roads to avoid in Bengaluru today

    Owing to traffic congestion from HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony, here is a list of roads motorists are advised to avoid in Bengaluru between 2.30-5.30 pm: 

    Dr BR Ambedkar Road (from Balekundri Circle to KR Circle)

    Raj Bhavan Road (from CTO Junction to Raj Bhavan Junction)

    LH Road (from Raj Bhavan Jn to Chalukya Circle)

    Queen’s Road (from Thimmaiah Junction to Queen’s Circle)

    Seshadri Road (from KR Circle to Anandrao Circle)

    Palace Road (from Mysore Bank Circle to Kalpana Circle)

    Devaraj Urs Road (from Chalukya Circle to MS Building

    Race Course Road (from Trilight Junction to Chalukya Circle)

    Park House Road (from AGs Junction to CID Junction)

    Inside Cubbon Park

    Miller Road (from LRDE Junction to Chalukya Circle)

    Infantry Road (from Ali Askar Road Junction. to Traffic HQ Junction)

    Ali Askar Road (from Raj Bhavan Junction to Ali Askar Cross Road)

    KG Road (from Police Corner to Mysore Bank Circle)

    Old Post Office Road (from Mysore Bank Circle to KR Circle)

    Nrupathunga Road (from KR Circle to Police Corner)

    NR Road (from Hudson Circle to Town Hall)

    SJP Road (from Mysore Road Flyover Down Ramp to Town Hall)

    P Kalinga Rao Road (from NR Junction to Subbaiah Circle)

    Kasturba Road (from Hudson Circle to Queen’s Circle)

    Mallya Hospital Road (from Siddalingaiah Circle to RRMR Jucntion)

    RRMR Road (from RRMR Junction to Hudson Circle)

    Cubbon Road (from CTO Circle to Manipal Centre)

    Central Street (from Anil Kumble Circle to BRV Junction)

    T Chowdaiah Road (from Old High Grounds Junction to Cauvery Junction)

    Ramana Maharshi Road (from Cauvery Junction to Mekhri Circle)

    Sir CV Raman Road (from Mekhri Circle to BHEL Circle)

    Jayamahal Road  

    Ballari Road

Karnataka government formation latest updates: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala is administering oath to HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have arrived in Bengaluru to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy. The leaders of major Opposition parties are also due to attend the swearing-in ceremony to demonstrate their unity against the BJP.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said they were in the state to strengthen the regional parties and support HD Kumaraswamy. "We want to express our solidarity. We are all very happy about the Congress-JD(S) coalition," Naidu said.

"We congratulate Karnataka brothers and sisters. In future we'll work together to protect and promote national interest. All regional parties are at Kumaraswamy's swearing-in to support him," said Banerjee.

Disgruntled former Karnataka chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa said that greed and power was the basis of the Congress-JD(S) alliance. "Hunger, greed and power is the basis of JD(S)-Congress alliance. Such alliance will not even last three months," ANI quoted him as saying.

Announcing that the floor test will take place on Friday, instead of Thursday, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said there has been no change in his position on the farm loan waiver.

HD Kumaraswamy, chief minister designate, says he is "not the leader of one caste or community but will represent all of Karnataka". "If I have become chief minister today, it's because of all of you. It's not because of one community alone. I will bring in all the programmes we have promised. I want to assure people that there is no change in my position or politics. But we must remember that it's a coalition government and not me alone. Whatever decisions I take will be taken in consultation with the alliance partners. But I will balance things such a way that it's in the best interests of people of Karnataka. I invite all citizens to come forward and contact us directly with whatever grievances you have. I am always with you all," he said, while addressing the media after visiting the Chamundeshwari temple.

Traffic congestion is expected on all roads near the Vidhan Soudha on Wednesday between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm. Traffic jams can be expected at Cubbon Park, Kanakapura Road and Mysore Road as supporters from different parts of Karnataka are expected to attend HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony.

According to News18, arrangements have been made for placing one lakh chairs in front of the Vidhan Soudha. The road between legislative assembly building and the Karnataka High Court will be cordoned off and chairs will be placed there. There is also a separate enclosure with 3,000 seats for VIPs.

Unfazed by the fall of its three-day government last week in Karnataka, a defiant BJP's state unit will protest across the state on Wednesday against the formation of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government, a party official said on Tuesday.

"As the Congress-JD(S) alliance hijacked the people's mandate and formed an unholy alliance to form a coalition government on Wednesday, we are observing the occasion as the 'Anti-People's Mandate Day' across the state," said BJP's spokesman S Shantaram in a statement in Bengaluru.

Several national leaders including United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati are expected to attend JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Chief ministers of non-BJP states and heads of regional parties such as N Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Kollywood superstar Kamal Haasan of Makkal Needhi Maiam party in Tamil Nadu will also be in attendance.

The 34-member Cabinet will have 22 ministers from the Congress and 12 from JD(S), Congress leader KC Venugopal said on Tuesday, adding they would be sworn in after the floor test slated for Thursday.

A JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy will be sworn-in on Wednesday in Karnataka at a ceremony attended by a galaxy of Opposition leaders and chief ministers, a development that could plant a seed for a broad-based anti-BJP platform before the Lok Sabha polls next year.

Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara will be sworn-in as the deputy chief minister, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state KC Venugopal said.

Congress's Ramesh Kumar, a former minister, will be the next Speaker, while the Deputy Speaker's post will go to the JD(S), Venugopal told PTI.

The Congress would have 22 ministers and JD(S) 12, he said, adding they would be sworn in after the floor test slated for Thursday.

HD Kumaraswamy

File image of HD Kumaraswamy. Twitter@hd_kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy will be the second chief minister to take oath in Karnataka within a week, after BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa stepped down without facing the floor test on 19 May in the face of imminent defeat.

The JD(S)'s chief minister-designate said portfolio distribution will be discussed on Friday and a coordination committee will be formed to facilitate smooth functioning of the coalition.

Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at 4.30 pm in front of Vidhana Soudha, seat of the government in Bengaluru.

A huge stage has been erected in front of the majestic stone building for the ceremony where a host of national and regional leaders are expected to be present to send a message across to the BJP over the shape of things to come in 2019.

Government officials and sources in the JD(S) said Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal and Pinarayi Vijayan, her counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala, are among those likely to be present.

So would be CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, one of the most vocal votaries of an anti-BJP alliance, Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah.

BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who have formed an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, would also attend the ceremony.

DMK leader MK Stalin, who was also expected to be present in order to show the burgeoning Opposition consolidation against the BJP, has cancelled his Bengaluru visit and would instead head for Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu where nine people were killed in police firing on Tuesday.

It will be Kumaraswamy's second term in office. He had earlier headed the JD(S)-BJP coalition government for 20 months between February 2006 and October 2007.

Managing the contradictions in the coalition may not be a smooth sailing for the 58-year-old leader after the JD(S) and Congress fought a bitter electoral battle in the state, particularly the old Mysuru region.

Kumaraswamy himself conceded on Tuesday that running the coalition government for the next five years will be a "big challenge" for him.

The first task for him would be a smooth expansion of his Council of Ministers, as the Congress would want to have a big share in the ministerial pie as it has more than double the number of MLAs JD(S) has. The Congress has 78 lawmakers in the Lower House against 37 of the JD(S).

A section of Lingayat MLAs of the Congress wanted a person from their community to be the deputy chief minister as Kumaraswamy belongs to another politically influential caste Vokkaliga.

However, Rahul Gandhi approved the name of Dalit leader G Parameshwara for the post, Venugopal said.

DK Shivakumar, another Vokkaliga leader of the Congress, who emerged a key figure in keeping the party MLAs together before the trust vote, was also a contender for the deputy chief minister's chair but the party high command opted for Parameshwara.

The BJP, which is the single largest party with 104 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly whose effective strength is 221, would not allow Kumaraswamy to have a smooth running. The BJP has dubbed the Congress-JD(S) alliance as "unholy", and claimed the government will not complete its full term.

The saffron party has decided to boycott the oath-taking ceremony, and will observe "anti-popular mandate day" tomorrow to protest the formation of the coalition government.

Senior BJP leaders would hold a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi's statue here, while its workers in black attire will hold demonstrations in districts, state BJP general secretary CT Ravi told reporters.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: May 23, 2018 22:03 PM

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