Janata Dal (S) leaders HD Kumaraswamy says that it will be a huge challenge to lead the Congress - JD(S) alliance government just hours prior to him becoming the chief minister of Karnataka. This is for the first time that Kumaraswamy opens up about the challenges lie infront of him. "This is big challenge in my life. I don't have the hope that I can easily deliver the responsibilities as the chief minister", he said. Kumaraswamy said that he wish everything will happen positively with the help of god.
The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka will assume power today after a week of political uncertainties and many discussions. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the chief minister and the Congress leader and PCC President G Parameshwara will take oath as the deputy CM before the governor Vajubhai Vala on 4.30 pm today. Congress gets the lion's share of ministries as there are 22 ministers would go to the Congress and 12, including the post of the chief minister, will be with the JD(S), out of the state's 34 ministries. The ministers will take the oath later. Senior Congress leader KR Ramesh Kumar named as the speaker candidate for Congress while the JD)S)' deputy speaker candidate is yet to be named. Opposition leaders will take this swearing-in ceremony as an opportunity to show their strength and to send a strong message to Modi-Shah team as leaders from the anti-BJP parties such as Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BSP President Mayawati, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, former CM of UP and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, RLD founder Ajit Singh, actor and the leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will be attending the function.
Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and both parties decided to stay together keeping in mind the need of an opposition unity in the upcoming 2019 elections. The leaders met together in Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi for the first time since the political dramas are over in Karnataka. Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal who is also the in-charge of Karnataka also attended the meeting. Kumaraswamy later said that he arrived in Delhi to show his respect and courtesy to the Gandhi family. He added that he invited both to the swearing-in ceremony. The opposition leaders aim to rally a strong opposition unity against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah through this oath taking ceremony. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and many other opposition leaders will be attending the function.
Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will go to Delhi today to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi after he announced that he will prove majority in the assembly within 24 hours of his swearing-in. Kumaraswamy dismissed the rumours about any type of sharing agreement between the JD(S) and the Congress as he said that he will be the chief minister for five years and there is no power exchange with the Congress. Meanwhile unconfirmed sources reveal that there will be two deputy chief ministers in the state and PCC president G Parameshwara will be the first choice deputy CM while senior Congress leader Shamanuru Shivashankarappa's name also joins the list as the All India Veerasaiva Sabha has demanded that Shivashankarappa should be the deputy CM.
After coming out victorious on an intense day of political battle against the BJP and their veteran leader BS Yeddyurappa himself, "kingmaker" HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the new chief minister of Karnataka. Yeddyurappa had resigned as the CM just before the trust vote in the assembly after he failed to get the support of 112 MLAs to cross the halfway mark. The BJP have 104 seats while the Congress and the JDS jointly have 117 MLAs, as per their claims. Kumaraswamy met the governor Vajubhai Vala soon after Yeddyurappa decided to quit. The JDS leader had planned to conduct the swearing-in ceremony on Monday itself but changed later as the Congress were not in the line to conduct it on Monday as the death anniversary of former Prime Minister happened to be on the same day. In the evening where the Assembly was getting ready for a trust vote, Yeddyurappa announced his resignation after a detailed speech. "I travelled the entire Karnataka for the last two years. I cannot forget the love and support given by the people. People blessed us with giving 104 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made me the chief minister. Did you ever see the Prime Minister announce the chief minister candidate before the election? I became the party president in 2016. The Congress and the JDS lost in the election. The governor the invited the BJP as we are the single largest party", Yeddyurappa said.
The twists and turns in the Karnataka politics reach to a next level as chief minister BS Yeddyurappa quits just before the trust vote in the assembly. There were talks that the BJP government may fail to pass the floor test amid the missing of two Congress MLAs from the assembly in the morning. Congress alleged that they were held captive by the BJP who desperately required numbers to pass the floor test. Meanwhile Yeddyurappa who was credited for the resurgence of BJP in the state after a poor show in the last assembly election, delivered an emotional speech in the assembly. "I travelled the entire Karnataka for the last two years. I cannot forget the love and support given by the people. People blessed us with giving 104 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made me the chief minister. Did you ever see the Prime Minister announce the chief minister candidate before the election? I became the party president in 2016. The Congress and the JDS lost in the election. The governor the invited the BJP as we are the single largest party", Yeddyurappa said.
Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said that he is 100 percent confident of getting trust vote in the assembly. The Supreme Court on yesterday instructed Yeddyurappa to prove the majority by 4pm today evening after dismissing governor's 15 days time. Yeddyurappa expressed his full confidence when he had arrived to attend the BJP legislative party meeting before the assembly session begins. Meanwhile the JD(S) MLAs who were staying in a resort in Hyderabad have arrived in Bengaluru today morning. In one of the latest developments in the Karnataka episode, the Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by the JDS and the Congress against the appointment of the pro-term speaker. A bench of judges AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, the same bench who asked the Yeddyurappa government to seek the trust vote by today evening itself, will consider the petition. The Congress and the JDS allege that the Karnataka government overturned the normal procedure in appointing the pro-term speaker.
The Supreme Court will hear a petition that challenges the governor Vajubhai Vala's action where he had invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. The top court will seek a clarity on the letter submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor which claims that he has enough support to run a stable government. The Supreme Court had heared the Congress petition that sought to stay the BJP's swearing-in ceremony where the court had started hearing the petition around 2am and ended it up with 4 am in the morning, hours before Yeddyurappa's swearing-in. The top court had rejected the petition filed by the Congress in that rare post-midnight hearing. But the court had also ordered that they will go through the letter submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor.
The Congress and the JDS MLAs who left Bengaluru early morning today have arrived in Hyderabad. The MLAs left Bengaluru under the leadership of HD Kumaraswamy. Meanwhile three Congress MLAs have reportedly shifted to the BJP camp as the talks about the split in the congress camp intensified. Anand Singh MLA from Vijayanagar had already left the Congress camp and joined BJP soon after the election results were announced. A massive day in the Supreme Court as the top court will go through the letter that was given by the chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to the governor Vajubhai Vala which claimed that he had enough support to form a government. The details of the letter is yet to be disclosed. The court is finding an answer why the governer invited the BJP to form the government instead of the Congress and the JDS who are having more than 112 seats.
Senior BJP leader BJP Yeddyurappa takes oath as the Karnataka chief minister today morning after two days of dramatic political scenes in the state. The governor instructed Yeddyurappa to prove majority within 15 days. Decks were cleared for BJP after the Supreme Court had rejected the Congress' plea late midnight to stay the governor's decision to allow Yeddyurappa to take charge as CM. BJP has the support of 104 MLAs and one independent MLA out of the 224 assembly seats where 113 seats were required to cross the half way mark. So it remains to be seen how well the government formation will shape up in the state and more dramatic political circus are on the cards.