Karnataka govt formation LIVE Updates: After a four-day wait, the Congress party is yet to make an official announcement on the new Karnataka chief minister, even as preparations are on in Bengaluru’s Kanteerava stadium for the swearing-in ceremony.
It became known that the top chief ministerial contenders – Siddaramaiah, a former CM and leader of opposition, and DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress chief – came to an agreement with the former set to get the state’s top elected post while the latter will be his deputy and remain the state party chief.
Reports said the grand old party has decided on a rotational tenure of two-and-a-half years each for both the leaders, however, there is no confirmation on this. The party’s national president, Mallikarjun Kharge, is expected to make a final and official announcement in Bengaluru, after which the swearing-in of the new CM will be held, on May 20.
Kharge is said to have come to the decision after hectic meetings for the past three days with the party’s high command – Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the two contenders, leaders from Karnataka, the Congress central observers and newly-elected MLAs, among others.
The Congress party emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka after witnessed a big win in the May 10 assembly election, securing 135 seats and giving the state a decisive mandate. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) meanwhile won 66 seats, and regional party, the Janata Dal (Secular), managed to get 19 seats. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates.
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May 18, 2023 09:24 AM IST
DKS calls for Congress Legislature Party meeting this evening
Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar has called for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on Thursday evening as it became clear that he will be given the deputy CM post. The KPCC chief wrote to all the legislators, asking them to attend the meeting of newly-elected MLAs, MLCs and MPs at the Indira Gandhi Bhavan on Queen’s Road in Bengaluru at 7 pm today.
May 18, 2023 09:18 AM IST
Bengaluru decked up for swearing in ceremony on Saturday
Bengaluru city was decked up for the swearing in ceremony of the new chief minister, scheduled on Saturday, with banners of both incoming CM Siddaramaiah and deputy CM DK Shivakumar put up outside their respective residences.
May 18, 2023 09:11 AM IST
No clarity on rotational tenure of 2.5 years each
Even as reports indicated that the grand old party has decided on a rotational tenure of two-and-a-half years each for both the leaders, there is no confirmation on this yet. A discussion on the issue may have been deferred till after the 2024 national polls, sources told Hindustan Times.
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May 18, 2023 09:03 AM IST
Siddaramaiah’s supporters burst crackers, pour milk on his posters in celebration
Siddaramaiah’s supporters celebrated the news of his selection as the next Karnataka CM by putting up banners, pouring milk on his posters, bursting firecrackers and raising slogans outside his residence in Bengaluru, while heavy security was deployed to avoid untoward incidents.