Arvind Kejriwal To Attend Kumaraswamy's Oath Taking Ceremony In Karnataka

Lloyd Doyle
May 22, 2018

Chief ministers of non-BJP states and heads of regional parties, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati, are also expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Yechury, who has been personally invited by Kumaraswamy, would travel to Bengaluru to attend the oath-taking ceremony.

Rahul confirmed his presence at the swearing-in ceremony.

Congress leaders said there would be no discord in the ministry formation in Karnataka as the obstacles could be removed through discussions.

Unable to muster the numbers for the trust vote, former chief minister B. S. Yedyurappa resigned in less than three days, leaving the Congress-JD (S) combine to form the government.

On the BJP being in the hot seat in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya without being the single largest party, Shah alleged that the Congress had not staked claim to form the government in any of these states "as their leaders were resting".

Kumaraswamy may take oath alone on Wednesday if the issues are not sorted out by Tuesday night but efforts are on to decide the entire cabinet at the earliest. Congress was reduced from 122 to 78 seats, most of their ministers lost their seats, even Siddaramaiah lost from one constituency and won by a narrow margin in the other.

The Congress and the JD-S didn't want their coalition to be confined only to power-sharing in Karnataka and the parties were also in favour of a broader alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

There is no Congress MLA in the State who would run away from the party but there are MLAs who will come back to the party's fold, claimed the ex-Chief Minister.

"In addition, if you calculate the kind of money the BJP spent on advertisements in television channels and newspapers, it will cross Rs 6,500 crore", Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

"Only Congress and JD (S) are celebrating, people of Karnataka are not (celebrating)", he told reporters.

"We are going to give a stable government".

However, the need to keep communal forces away from power made the Congress lend support to JD-S, Parameshwara said.

"We have not discussed any future course of action".

"He assured Rahul Gandhi that he will continue to seek guidance both on governance, policy and welfare issues which is the agenda of the Congress and JD (S) coalition".

"I do understand the sentiments of many people that we should not have gone with the JD-S".

"We may see hard times ahead".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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