Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka CM today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 May 2018 08:28:05



Karnataka Congress President G Parameshwara will be sworn in as the Deputy CM

The Congress would have 22 ministers and JD(S) 12. The floor test will be on Thursday

A JD(S)-Congress coalition Government headed by H D Kumaraswamy will be sworn in on Wednesday in Karnataka at a ceremony attended by a galaxy of Opposition leaders and Chief Ministers. Karnataka Congress President G Parameshwara will be sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister, AICC general secretary in-charge of the State K C 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. Kumaraswamy will be the second Chief Minister to take oath in Karnataka within a week, after BJP State President B S Yeddyurappa stepped down without facing the floor test on May 19 in the face of imminent defeat.

The JD(S)’s chief minister-designate said portfolio distribution will be discussed on Thursday 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. 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 CPI(M) 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 M K 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.

The BJP has decided to boycott the oath- taking ceremony, and will observe “anti-popular mandate day” on Wednesday 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 C T Ravi told reporters.