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After Karnataka Chaos, JDS's HD Kumaraswamy To Be Sworn In As Chief Minister On Wednesday

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| May 20 , 2018 , 08:10 IST

Ending confusion and chaos over who would become the next Chief Minister of Karnataka after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa took oath as CM amidst a hung-house, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is to be sworn in as Karnataka CM on Wednesday, representing the Congress-JDS alliance, media reported on Saturday.

Although initially, the swearing-in ceremony was to take place on Monday, May 21, the date was postponed since May 21 is the death anniversary of former Prime Minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi.

"We are going to take oath on Wednesday as Monday is Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary and so that is not a proper date," Kumaraswamy said to media.

Kumaraswamy had been the chief ministerial candidate for the Congress and JD(S) alliance formed after the results of the Karnataka state assembly elections on May 15, which resulted in BJP winning 104 seats, Congress winning 78 and JD(S) winning 38.

The BJP candidate BS Yeddyurappa submitted his resignation on Saturday, before a Supreme Court mandated floor test, thereby clearing the path for Kumaraswamy to form government.

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Kumaraswamy, son of former Prime Minister of India, H. D. Deve Gowda has invited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, BSP chief Mayawati and others for the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.

"Mamata Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao congratulated me. Mayawati ji has also blessed me. I have invited all regional leaders for oath ceremony. I've also invited Sonia Gandhi ji & Rahul Gandhi ji personally," Kumawaswamy said after meeting the governor in Bengaluru.