Ahead of his swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka, most likely on Wednesday, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy met with with top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Monday. Congress state leaders too were in Delhi to discuss the modalities of government formation.
HD Kumaraswamy arrived in Delhi this afternoon after which he met BSP chief Mayawati. Both the parties had struck a pre-poll alliance in Karnataka.
Before meeting to the Congress leaders he said that we will give stable government and modalities of formation of new govt to be worked out after meeting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
Earlier, speaking to the press, Kumaraswamy had clarified that no discussion has taken place so far on the allocation of ministerial berths. Based on the outcome of discussions with them, a decision will be taken on the number of Congress and JD(S) MLAs who will become ministers, he had said.
He also asserted that within 24 hours of taking oath, he would prove the majority on the floor of the House.
Earlier, his swearing-in ceremony was to take place tentatively between 12 noon and 1.50 pm on Monday but he announced that the event would be held on May 23 as May 21 happens to be the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Kumaraswamy was invited by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Vala to take oath as the Chief Minister after BJP government fell ahead of the trust vote on Saturday.
BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, who was invited and sworn-in as Chief Minister last week, had resigned minutes before he was to take the floor test to prove his numbers. In a fractured mandate, BJP had won 104 seats, Congress 78 and JDS 37. In a swift move Congress had sealed a pact with JDS even as results were arriving on Tuesday.
Congress’ Karnataka leaders too arrived in Delhi to discuss with their top leadership the modalities related to government formation in the state with coalition partner the JD(S).
Siddaramaiah, Parameshwara and other senior Congress leaders on Sunday met party MLAs camped at a city hotel and reportedly discussed the way ahead for the party in the process of government formation.
Amid allegations of poaching attempts by BJP ahead of the trust vote, the Congress and JD(S) had kept its MLAs at separate hotels in the city, after returning from Hyderabad.
(With inputs from PTI)