Kanteerava Stadium decked up for swearing-in tomorrow
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Kanteerava Stadium decked up for swearing-in tomorrow

May 19, 2023
  • CM-designate Siddharamaiah and Dy.CM-designate D.K. Shivakumar in Delhi to hold talks with High Command
  • Cabinet formation juggernaut begins; 50 aspirants vie for 32 Ministerial berths; 20 to 25 likely to be inducted along with CM

Bengaluru: Ending the impasse over the Government formation in Karnataka, Chief Minister-designate Siddharamaiah and Deputy Chief Minister-designate D.K. Shivakumar will take oath tomorrow, in an event likely to be attended by leaders of several opposition parties.

The CM and the Deputy CM will be sworn-in to their new roles at Bengaluru’s Sree Kanteerava Stadium tomorrow (May 20) at 12.30 pm. Massive arrangements are underway at the Stadium and Police officials were seen conducting inspections today. Even Shivakumar inspected the preparations this morning before leaving for Delhi.

The formal announcement of the ceremony was made after a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) of newly-elected MLAs in Bengaluru last evening, which was attended by the party’s Central Observers. At the meeting, Shivakumar moved a single-line resolution and proposed the name of Siddharamaiah as the CLP leader, which all others endorsed unanimously.

This is the second CLP meeting in a week, with the first having been held on May 14 where a one-line resolution was passed authorising the High Command to select the CM. Reports said the grand-old party talked about a rotational tenure of two-and-a-half years each for both leaders. However, there was no talk on this at the party briefing confirming the CM announcement.

Picture shows D.K. Shivakumar inspecting preparations at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru this morning where the swearing-in ceremony will take place tomorrow. Chief Secretary of Karnataka Vandita Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Rajneesh Goel, MLC K. Govindaraju and senior Police Officers are seen.

Both Siddharamaiah and Shivakumar met Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the Government shortly after he was formally elected the leader of the CLP. The Governor invited Siddharamaiah to take oath as CM and Shivakumar as his deputy along with their team members. A day ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Deputy CM-designate Shivakumar said that the party will implement all the guarantees which were promised in the manifesto. After the CLP meeting, negotiations are on over the number of loyalists from both the Siddharamaiah and Shivakumar camps to be given Cabinet berths.

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Latest reports from Bengaluru said that both Siddharamaiah and Shivakumar have left for New Delhi this morning in a special flight to discuss Cabinet formation with the High Command.

Sources said that over 20 to 25 Ministers will take oath tomorrow along with the CM.

Siddharamaiah and the High Commandhave an uphill task ahead as the task of forming the Cabinet and the exercise is likely to be  mind-boggling.  This is because there are more than 50 aspirants in the party who are vying for the 32 Ministerial berths.

Both the CM and his deputy are competing with each other to include more and more loyalists in the Cabinet and the final decision will be taken by AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, sources added.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Kanteerava Stadium decked up for swearing-in tomorrow”

  1. Thirthahalli Eashwar says:

    If ?Congress has to hold onto power in Karnataka, they should keep Sioddaramaiah as the CM for 5 years. Messing up with the corrupt Shivakumar will land them in opposition after the term.
    Siddaramaiah is clost the meritocratic CM, having got his law degree from the SAaradavilas Law College, not known for caste-based gerrymonering admissions, unlike the BV Boomaraddi Engineering College, where Lingayats are preferred above others and from where Bommai graduated.
    Siddaramaiah, an experiened finance minister too will ensure the finace support for families are reasonably well managed, the initiatives which won the power to the Congress.
    Indian news paper are glorifying how Narendra Modi is attending the G7 meeting in Japan, not saying that he attends as an observer along with the leaders of Australia, Brazil, Comoros, Cook Islands, India, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam. India is NOT a G7 country.
    The G7 countries are: o Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States; additionally, the European Union (EU), and are based on per capita income-hence Chia richer than India multiple times is not included. Russia was thrown out of G8 in 2014, hence the G7.
    Indian newspaper also boast about India hosting the G20 countries, not mentioning that Indonesia hosted G20 too, a couple of years ago.
    Hence, simply producing Narendra Modi, as a world leader, and assuming that he will bring in bucket loads of votes did not work in this election.
    The non-BJP CMs in South Indian states, should keep the BJP out, confining to thre Hindi Belt of North India. A single look at Yogi Adityanath, should remind them of this saffron group of thugs.

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