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“About a dozen of the 14 Congress ministers and seven of the nine ministers from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) assumed office at the secretariat and met senior officials,” an official in the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Karnataka Cabinet formation: The Congress has picked ministers keeping in mind caste equations and regional considerations. The JDS, meanwhile, has chosen ministers on the basis of seniority.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said JD(U) supremo H D Deve Gowda had no role in any issue pertaining to ministry formation and allocation of portfolios.
“Mine is not an independent government. I had requested the people to give me a mandate that prevents me from succumbing to any pressure other than you. But today I am at the mercy of the Congress. I am not under the pressure of the 6.5 crore people of the state,” Kumaraswamy said.
Seeking the trust vote in the Assembly, Kumaraswamy said he was now a much more mature politician than what he was 10 years ago when he was chief minister of Karnataka for the first time.
“We are also yet to decide on what portfolios have to go to them and what should be with us, then five years term- whether they should be or we should also…all those modalities we have still not discussed,” said G Parameshwara.
The JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by Kumaraswamy was sworn-in at a ceremony attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders and chief ministers — a development that could could be a harbinger for an anti-BJP platform before the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Karnataka: The oath-taking ceremony of Kumaraswamy in Karnataka was attended by leaders of almost all opposition parties in the country in what seemed like a choreographed show of strength by parties that are not part of the NDA.
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The SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said though the two leaders held a meeting in the state capital after the March byelections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, this will be the first time that the two will appear on a dais together.
Karnataka govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: Alliance partners Rahul Gandhi and Kumaraswamy met in New Delhi to discuss the roadmap for the coalition. Follow this space to track all the latest developments.
While Kumaraswamy was originally scheduled to be sworn in on May 21, the JD(S) decided to postpone the oath-taking ceremony to May 23 on the request of the Congress party, which will observe former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on Monday.
In 1996, it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the stage was Delhi and now, it’s Karnataka and the centre of action is Bengaluru.
Kumaraswamy said BJP had already started backdoor talks with his party MLAs with lucrative offers. According to sources, a handful of JD(S) MLAs are on the verge of shifting their allegiance to the BJP.