HD Kumaraswamy invite Congress brass for his oath ceremony to be held on Wednesday.
New Delhi:MNN: BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister before a trust vote in the Assembly .
After that Governor Vajubhai Vala invited HD Kumaraswamy’ the alliance of Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress to form the next government.
A meeting between HD Kumaraswamy and Congress’s Rahul and Sonia Gandhi on Monday evening.
The Congress indicated that the two sides have discussed a broader alliance ahead of general elections 2019.
After meeting the Congress brass, KK Venugopal, Congress leaders from Karnataka said, “Let the past be history,
we want a new relationship, a new era”.
There’s also the matter of deputy chief ministership, over which the two parties which are taking a shot a forming the government, don’t appear to be on the same page.
The Congress wants two deputies for HD Kumaraswamy to balance out the power, the JD(S) is ready for only one.
Mr Venugopal said the matter of deputies as well as the power-sharing formula,
have been left to the state leaders of both parties to sort out.
“The Congress will get the speakership — that has been decided,” he said.
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said the governor had given him 15 days to prove majority in the House, “but we will do it much before”.
The post-election alliance of the JD(S) and Congress, which claims the support of 117 members, will be headed by Kumaraswamy.
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who is to take oath as the chief minister for a second time on 23 May
To cement the new friendship and discuss the modalities of government formation with Congress.
The JD(S) chief will fly to the National Capital on Monday and meet with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
It was an extremely cordial & warm meeting. HD Kumaraswamy sought blessings from Sonia Gandhi as an elder & head of the family. He thanked Rahul Gandhi for taking steps to form the coalition & offering CM’s post to him despite Congress having the larger numbers: Randeep Surjewala pic.twitter.com/SsbZbE4nOX
— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2018
Monday’s meeting between Rahul and Kumaraswamy will, however, also be seen in the context of the rancorous campaigns the Congress and JD(S) ran against each other in the months preceding the polls.
Wednesday’s oath ceremony is expected to be a show of opposition strength,
with Mr Kumaraswamy inviting at least four chief ministers, and senior leaders from key opposition parties.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao to be among the guests invited for Karnataka CM designate HD Kumaraswamy on May 23.
— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2018
Among the other invitees are Mr Kumaraswamy’s ally and Dalit powerhouse from Uttar Pradesh Mayawati, senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury,
National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah and Bihar leader Tejashwi Yadav, Mr Kumaraswamy told reporters in Delhi.
Rahul and Sonia Gandhi too have accepted Mr Kumarswamy’s invite.
After the meeting, Mr Gandhi tweeted his acceptance, “I had a warm and cordial meeting this evening, in Delhi, with Shri H D Kumaraswamy ji.
We discussed the political situation in Karnataka and other matters of mutual interest.
I will be attending his swearing in as CM of Karnataka, on Wednesday, in Bengaluru.