Kumaraswamy meets Sonia, Rahul Gandhi ahead of swearing-in on Wednesday
New Delhi: The Janata Dal (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the national capital today. They reportedly discussed power-sharing arrangement in Karnataka.
Kumaraswamy also met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati before holding parleys with Congress President and Sonia Gandhi.
The JD (S) fought Karnataka assembly elections in alliance with BSP and after the verdict threw up hung assembly, joined hands with the Congress.
Kumaraswamy also met CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and invited him to attend his swearing-in ceremony.
Will Karnataka have 2 deputy CMs?
The JD (S) has already indicated that there won’t be a rotational arrangement with Congress for the post of the chief minister.
According to sources, there is a proposal to have two deputy chief ministers to strike a balance between the two parties.
Congress’s G Parameshwara is frontrunner for the deputy chief minister’s post. A small group of MLAs will be sworn in as ministers along with Kumaraswamy on Wednesday, the sources said. Both Congress and JD(S) MLAs will remain confined to their hotels till the floor test.
Kumaraswamy’s oath ceremony on May 23
Many regional party leaders including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Kumaraswamy is scheduled to take oath as chief minister on May 23 and the floor test is expected to happen within 24 hours.
Kumaraswamy was invited to form the government after Yeddyurappa stepped down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state assembly.