Karnataka’s new Chief Minister to swear in today; BJP observes the day

Today is the D-Day for the state of Karnataka to swear-in its new Chief Minister. The former CM BS Yeddyurappa had resigned after a day of reign.

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is set to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at the Grand Steps of Vidhana Soudha, at 4:30 p.m. today.

The designated Deputy Chief Minister and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President G. Parameshwara will take oath as well.

Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer oath of office and oath of secrecy to the Chief Minister Designate. 

 Minister designates are to take oath as well.

Kumaraswamy was invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala on May 19, to form the government in the state, after B.S. Yeddyurappa stepped down ahead of the floor test in the state assembly.

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.

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 On the much-awaited day, Kumaraswamy has left for Mysore in the early hours to visit the Chamundi Temple and Chamundeshwari Temple. He will return to Bengaluru by noon for the swearing-in ceremony.

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.

To show their support to a non-BJP government, the anti-BJP parties’ leaders are to partake in the ceremony that is being touted as a grand affair.

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.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijay, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief, Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejaswi Yadav, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, along with son K. Taraka Rama Rao will also be present to witness Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in.

Other notable guests include the founder of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Ajit Singh (also an ex-Union Minister), and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M.K. Stalin.

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Meanwhile, the BJP is set to observe the swearing-in ceremony of the Congress-JD(S) as the ‘Anti-People’s Mandate Day’.

In a statement on Tuesday, the BJP termed the alliance between the Congress and the JD-S as an ‘unholy’ one, alleging that they “hijacked the people’s mandate”.

BJP president for Karnataka, B. S. Yeddyurappa will lead the demonstrations in Bengaluru.
“The Congress and JDS have hijacked the people’s mandate and entered into an unholy alliance. On the day this unholy coalition government takes office, that is tomorrow, Wednesday, 23.5.2018, the BJP has decided to observe this day as “Anti People’s Mandate Day,” the statement read.

The statement also mentioned that thousands of party functionaries will stage black flag demonstration throughout the state.

“In Bangalore, state BJP President B.S. Yeddyurappa will lead the demonstration at 11.15 a.m. at the Mahatma Gandhi statue, Opposite Hotel Maurya, Ananda Rao Circle. State unit general secretaries Kum Shobha Karandalaje, Aravinda Limbavali, R. Ashok, N. Ravi Kumar, MP P.C. Mohan, city President Sadashiva, office bearers and hundreds of party functionaries will be present,” the statement added. 


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