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Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka CM on 23 May

Kumaraswamy, the third son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, had earlier headed the BJP-JD(S) coalition government for twenty months from January 2006

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Kumaraswamy, the third son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, had earlier headed the BJP-JD(S) coalition government for twenty months from January 2006.

After meeting the governor, Kumaraswamy had said the swearing-in ceremony would take place tentatively between 12 and 1.50 PM at Kanteerava stadium on 21 May.

However, Kumaraswamy later in the evening said the swearing-in would be held on 23 May as 21 May happens to be the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and therefore it would not be appropriate to hold the ceremony on that date.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in 1991.

Talking to reporters after meeting Vala, he said the Governor has directed him to prove the majority on the floor of the House in 15 days but he would do it much before.

After a meeting with Congress leaders, Kumaraswamy said they also discussed moving the confidence of motion on 24 May.

He said he would meet Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on 21 May to extend his gratitude to them. “I will also discuss how many Congress and JD(S) MLAs will become ministers,” said Kumaraswamy.

He said a coordination committee would be formed to prepare a common minimum programme to implement the promises made by the two coalition partners.

Kumaraswamy said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BSP chief Mayawati, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao and several other regional leaders would be invited for the swearing-in ceremony.

Expressing apprehension that the BJP would again indulge in poaching on MLAs, he said: “I’m aware of it that they will create a problem. JD(S) and Congress leaders will take all precautionary measures for it.”

He also ruled out any kind of differences among the party cadres on an alliance with the Congress.

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