Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who staked claim to form the government with the support of the Congress soon after BJP leader Yeddyurappa resigned, will take oath as the Karnataka chief minister on Wednesday.
According to media reports, the CM-designate of Karnataka will meet the Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday.
Kumaraswamy, who has received 15 days to prove the majority in House, on Sunday said that he will prove that the numbers are on his side within 24 hours of taking the oath.
It is expected that Congress leaders will discuss the power-sharing arrangement in Karnataka tomorrow.
The JD(S) leader was invited to form the government by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Saturday.
Earlier, the swearing-in ceremony was scheduled to take place on Monday, May 21, but he pushed it to May 23 because Monday is former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary.
Talking about the swearing-in ceremony, Kumaraswamy said that he will invite Rahul and Sonia Gandhi to attend the event.
“I want to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and other Congress leaders and MLAs for their support. I want to thank everyone, people of Karnataka, Mayawati ji for their support, Kumaraswamy said adding that, “I will invite Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi ji personally to attend the oath-taking ceremony.”
Kumaraswamy has also invited all opposition leaders to his swearing-in ceremony.
“West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana CM KC Rao congratulated me. Mayawati ji has also blessed me. I have invited all regional leaders for the oath ceremony,” he said.
This will be Kumaraswamy’s second stint as chief minister. The JDS with 38 seats will form the government with the support of Congress that has 78 MLAs.
However, there was no word on the pact with the Congress on ministerial berths and whether or not there will a deputy CM.