Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy swearing-in LIVE Updates: JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy has taken oath as the chief minister of Karnataka, days after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned after remaining in power for just 2.5 days. The political drama over the formation of the government that unfolded aftermath of Karnataka election results is likely to end today with the swearing in of HD Kumaraswamy as state Chief Minister.
After swearing in, Kumaraswamy will have to prove majority on the floor of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. A number of regional leaders will attend the ceremony to show their solidarity for the cause of opposition alliance to topple the BJP at the Centre in 2019. The Karnataka election 2018 ended with JD(S), Congress and BJP getting the fractured mandate. Congress’ Karnataka Unit Chief G Parameshwara will be sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.
Track LIVE: HD Kumaraswamy swearing-in ceremony
– Congress’ Karnataka chief G Parameshwara takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.
– JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka, administered by Governor Vajubhai Vala.
– Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi arrive at Vidhana Soudha for HD Kumaraswamy and G.Parameshwara’s swearing-in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively. Here Sonia Gandhi is seen greeting Kumaraswamy’s father and former India PM HD Deve Gowda.
– Rare! Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati at Vidhana Soudha ahead of HD Kumaraswamy and G.Parameshwara’s swearing in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively.
– Visuals from Vidhana Soudha ahead of HD Kumaraswamy and G.Parameshwara’s swearing-in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, respectively. (ANI)
– Here’s the schedule of Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony
– BJP coins a poem for BJP assembly of opposition leaders in Karnataka:
“Rahul Ko Khud Bail,
Tejashwi Ke Pita Ko Jail,
Akhilesh UP Me Fail,
Mamata Ki Loktantra Par Nakel,
Kejri Ka Maafinama Ka Khel,
UP Jis Maya Ko Raha Tha Jhel,
Dekhiye Kitna Bada Bemel,
2019 Me Janata Karegi Unko Fail.”
– Congress leader DK Shivakumar asserts the alliance is strong and it will survive. “No one is unhappy, we all are together. We are celebrating that our government is coming in power. I never said that I’m an aspirant of Karnataka Chief Minister post. All is well.”
– Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar has said that he was never a CM aspirant of Karnataka. “No one is unhappy, we all are together. We are celebrating that our government is coming in power. I never said that I’m an aspirant of Chief Minister post. All is well,” Shivakumar told ANI.
– CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have reached Bengaluru to take part in the oath-taking ceremony of JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
– West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu have arrived in Bengaluru to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy. “We’ve come here to witness swearing in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy & express our solidarity to him. In future, we’ll work together to protect & promote the national interest. We’re here to strengthen all regional parties,” Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee told ANI.
– BJP observing ‘Anti-People’s Mandate Day’ in Karnataka in view of the swearing-in ceremony of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government. BS Yeddyurappa says, “hunger, greed and power is the basis of JD(S)-Congress alliance. Such alliance will not even last 3 months.”
– Ahead of oath taking, Kumaraswamy tells ANI that all the promises made in the manifesto will be implemented. “Safeguarding the interest of the farming community is our top priority.”
– BJP is protesting against the “unholy alliance” of Congress-JD(S) ahead of Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony.
– According to reports, Ramesh Kumar, a former minister from Congress will be the Assembly speaker even as JD(S) MLA will get the deputy speaker’s post. Reports also say that in the coalition cabinet, JD(S) will have12 and Congress will get 22 ministers respectively.
– Kumaraswamy government will have to survive the crucial floor test soon as CM-elect Kumaraswamy is likely to seek a trust vote as early as on Thursday. Earlier, BJP chief Ministerial Candidate B S Yeddyurappa had taken oath as the CM but chose to resign moments ahead of the floor test on last Saturday.
– The Supreme Court had made an exception when it directed state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa to prove majority with the pro-tem speaker presiding over the proceedings. A pro-tem speaker’s job is usually limited to administering the oath to the newly-elected members of the House. Kumaraswamy will be the second chief minister to take oath in Karnataka within a week, after Yeddyurappa stepped down without facing the floor test on May 19 in the face of an imminent defeat.
– The JD-S’s chief minister-designate said portfolio distribution would be discussed on Thursday and a coordination committee would be formed to facilitate smooth functioning of the coalition.
– Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at 4:30 pm in front of the Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the government in Bengaluru.
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. pic.twitter.com/sZAwX8mQut
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 21, 2018
– A huge stage has been erected in front of the majestic stone building for the ceremony where a host of national and regional leaders are expected to be present to send a message across to the BJP over the shape of things to come in 2019.
– Government officials and sources in the JD(S) said Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal and Pinarayi Vijayan, her counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala respectively, are among those likely to be present.
– So would be CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, one of the most vocal votaries of an anti-BJP alliance, Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah.
– Earlier, however, the Supreme Court had made an exception when it directed state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa to prove majority on Saturday with the pro-tem speaker presiding over the proceedings. Notably, a pro-tem speaker’s job is usually limited to administering the oath to the newly-elected members of the House.
– Kumaraswamy-led Congress and JD(S) government will have to pass the floor test. According to reports, the decision to defer the confidence vote by a day ostensibly stems from rules that require the election of the speaker before the exercise.