Congress leader Siddaramaiah has been sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the second term today at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar also took oath as the Deputy chief minister in presence of thousands of Congress workers, senior party leaders, and politicians of nearly 20 regional parties. Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office to the leaders. The venue, for swearing-in-ceremony is the same place Siddaramaiah took oath in 2013, when he became chief minister for the first time.
According to sources, Parameshwara, Ramalinga Reddy, KJ George, HK Patil, MB Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, UT Kadar, Lakshmi Hebbalkar, TB Jayachandra, HC Mahadevappa are likely to take oath as ministers.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said that eight MLAs, including Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, will take oath as ministers. It includes MLAs from both DK and Siddaramaiah factions. After the announcement for the Chief Minister post of the Congress, a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) was held in Bengaluru. In the meeting MLAs formally elected Siddaramaiah as its leader and Chief Minister, following which he staked his claim with the governor, who invited him to form the government.
K’taka swearing-in ceremony: 8 MLAs to take oath as ministers, strong government voted to power, says Kharge
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Meanwhile, Karnataka chief minister designate Siddaramaiah and his deputy DK Shivakumar met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday evening. Both leaders were in Delhi to discuss the cabinet formation.
DK Shivakumar said that they have come to personally invite the senior leaders to the ceremony.
It may be recalled here that Congress recorded a landslide victory in Karnataka assembly elections winning 135 out of 224 seats. The BJP came a distant second with 66 seats and JD(S) won 19 seats.