Kumaraswamy to meet Rahul, Sonia Gandhi in Delhi Today; cabinet discussion on agenda

21 May 2018, 12:05 PM
Kumaraswamy to meet Rahul, Sonia Gandhi today
Kumaraswamy to meet Rahul, Sonia Gandhi today

Karnataka's Chief Minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy will meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday.

Kumaraswamy would discuss "cabinet expansion" and personally invite the Congress leaders for his swearing-in on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow I will be going to Delhi, where I will meet Sonia ji and Rahul ji. We will decide about cabinet expansion. I will discuss everything with them on how to give a stable government for the next 5 years,” ANI had quoted Kumaraswamy as saying on Sunday.

On Saturday, Kumaraswamy staked claim to form a government in the state after BS Yeddyurappa’s resignation as CM just before the floor test.

Yeddyurappa, who took oath as Karnataka CM on Thursday after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited him to form the government even as his party BJP lacked numbers, was asked to prove majority by the Supreme Court.

Yeddyurappa could not arrange numbers and chose to resign as the chief minister rather facing trust vote on the floor of the House.

His decision to quit paved the way for the Congress-JD-S coalition to form the government in the southern state.

According to the sources, the Congress, which gave up chief minister’s post to keep BJP out of the power, was likely to have more ministers in Karnataka’s new cabinet.

Kumaraswamy will take oath on Wednesday and Rahul Gandhi, along with other senior Congress leaders may attend his swearing-in.

Apart from Congress bigwigs, Opposition leaders, including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Telanaga CM Chandrashekhar Rao and Andhra CM N Chandra Babu Naidu would also attend the oath-taking ceremony.

First Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 09:26 AM

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