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Congress To Get Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Post At Swearing-In Of JDS's Kumaraswamy As CM

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| May 22 , 2018 , 08:18 IST

At the swearing-in of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy as Karnataka Chief Minister on Wednesday, a Congress leader will also reportedly be sworn in as the deputy chief minister to the state, reports said on Monday after a meeting between Kumaraswamy and central Congress leadership.

The Congress, which has 78 seats in the Karnataka assembly as compared to its ally JD(S) with 38 seats, will also likely to the post of speaker. The remaining 33 ministries, which are expected to be divided with 20 ministries for the Congress and 13 for JD(S) will be announced later on, after the Congress-JD(S) successfully proves its majority.

According to reports, the state Congress chief and Dalit leader G Parameshwara is the frontrunner for the deputy CM’s post in Karnataka. Although initial reports suggested that there might be a second deputy CM as well, as sought by the Veershaiva-Lingayat community, the decision for the second CM would likely be left for later.

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CM-designate Kumaraswamy met with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday, after a meeting with pre-poll ally and BSP chief Mayawati, JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali said.

Congress party communications in-charge Randeep S Surjewala issued a statement to media after the "warm" meeting between Kumaraswamy and the Congress leaders.

"It was an extremely cordial and warm meeting. HD Kumaraswamy sought blessings from Sonia Gandhi as an elder and head of the family. He thanked Rahul Gandhi for taking steps to form the coalition and offering CM's post to him despite Congress having the larger numbers," said Surjewala.

"He assured Rahul Gandhi that he'll continue to seek guidance both on governance and policy and welfare issues which is the agenda of Congress and JD(S) coalition. For both of us it is not a quest for power but for development of Karnataka," he said.

"He assured he'll work with co-ordination committee of both parties and with every Congress leader and worker to ensure difference of opinion is settled at earliest amicably. He also said it isn't temporary arrangement for JD(S), he seeks long term relationship with Congress," Surjewala said.

The swearing-in of Kumaraswamy is being considered as a show of Opposition power as the Congress-JD(S) alliance replaced the hurriedly formed BJP government in Karnataka which was the single largest party, but did not have majority.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Kamal Haasan and DMK Working President MK Stalin invited for the swearing in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy on May 23.