With Leaders of 12 Parties, Kumaraswamy Turns Oath Into Opposition Meet

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This is the second time that Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD (S) supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Chennamma, will take oath as Chief Minister, and 12 years after the JD (S) formed a coalition government with the BJP on February 4, 2006. Three-four years later, he may not be eligible to become chief minister again if we go by the BJP's yardstick of not having leaders above 75 years in power. It is learnt that the crucial meeting between Congress and JD (S) was held after a green signal from Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "Other than that I will not be interfering into any other thing", he said. Media reports said that Lingayats, Veerashaivas, Vokkaligas and Muslim sections within the parties each have been demanding that the post should go to prominent faces representing them. He further said: "It was a good meeting. Rahul cleared the initial modalities and asked Venugopal to discuss all the concerned matters", he said.

Meanwhile, Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha, the apex body of Veerashaiva-Lingayat faith, has demanded that Congress high command makes its national president Shamanur Shivashankarappa the deputy chief minister.

"I will be attending his swearing-in as the CM of Karnataka, on Wednesday, in Bengaluru", Gandhi wrote in the micro blogging site confirming his attendance at the oath-taking ceremony.

According to sources in the JD (S), "There are not many concerns in the JDS about the appointment of ministers but there are concerns of dissidence in the Congress if ministers are picked before the trust vote".

"He assured Rahul Gandhi that he will continue to seek guidance both on governance, policy and welfare issues which is the agenda of the Congress and JD (S) coalition". While Kumaraswamy is busy inviting leaders in person and over phone, quite a few of them, including Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and Akilesh Yadav, have already confirmed their participation from the north and east.

He was speaking to reporters before visiting several temples in his home district and offering special puja to the deities, along with his family members. From the south, the presence of leaders like DMK working president M K Stalin from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao along with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, could prove significant and decisive, since they could connect as a block much quicker than others.

The Congress leader hit out at Shah for not respecting the law and the Constitution.

After the results in Karnataka threw up a split verdict and the Congress and Mr Kumaraswamy announced a tie-up to take a shot at power in the state, many of these leaders had called and tweeted to show support.