Bengaluru: The stage is all set for the swearing-in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. Several opposition leaders and chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states are expected to take part in the oath-taking ceremony which will be held at 4:30 pm in front of the Vidhan Souda.
Congress’ G Parameshwara will also take oath as the deputy chief minister of Karnataka.
Meanwhile, the BJP is observing ‘Anti-People Mandate Day’ in Karnataka.
Karnataka BJP supreme B S Yeddyurappa, who stepped down as the chief minister of the state within 55 hours of swearing-in, said, “Hunger, greed and power is the basis of JD(S)-Congress alliance, such alliance will not even last 3 months.”
The Congress and the JD(S) stitched an unexpected alliance soon after the state threw a fractured mandate on May 15. Of the state's 34 ministries, 22 would go to the Congress and 12, including the post of the Chief Minister, will be with the JD(S).
Here are the LIVE updates from Karnataka:
04:22 pm: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah arrive at Vidhana Soudha.
04:18 pm: HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Vidhana Soudha for his swearing-in ceremony as Karnataka CM.
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04:16 pm: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his wife Chennamma arrive at Vidhana Soudha.
04:11 pm: Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati at Vidhana Soudha ahead of the swearing in ceremony.
04:09 pm: People at Vidhana Soudha take shelter under tarpaulin as rain lashes Bengaluru ahead of HD Kumaraswamy and G Parameshwara's swearing in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively.
03:50 pm: Preparations are going on in full swing at the Vidhan Souda ahead of Kumaraswamy's oath taking ceremony.
03:10 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury meet ahead of attending HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony.
02:27 pm: Heavy rain lashes parts of Bengaluru.
02:09 pm: “No one is unhappy, we all are together. We are celebrating that our government is coming in power. I never said that I'm an aspirant of Karnataka Chief Minister post. All is well,” said Congress leader D K Shivakumar.
01:52 pm: CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury, NCP president Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav arrive in Bengaluru to take part in Kumaraswamy's oath-taking ceremony.
01:24 pm: “We've come here to witness swearing in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy and express our solidarity to him. In future we'll work together to protect and promote national interest. We're here to strengthen all regional parties,” said Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
01:23 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu arrives at Bengaluru.
12:10 pm: BJP is observing 'Anti-People's Mandate Day' in Karnataka in view of the swearing-in ceremony of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government in the southern state.
10:38 am: Karnataka Chief Minister designate H D Kumaraswamy said all the promises made will be kept.
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09:38 am: “It's the high command which decides all this, they chose me. I thank them immensely but the point is they’re also eligible but they gave me this opportunity,” said G Parameshwara, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister designate, on being asked that Roshan Baig and D K Shivakumar were also in the race for deputy CM’s post.
09:34 am: Celebrations outside H D Kumaraswamy's residence in Bengaluru. Kumaraswamy will take oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister today.
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