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Karnataka CM-Elect Kumaraswamy To Meet Rahul Gandhi In Delhi Today, Work Out Power-Sharing

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| May 21 , 2018 , 08:21 IST

JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister candidate H D Kumaraswamy is set to arrive in Delhi on Monday, to meet with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and other central leadership. The meeting is to finalise the details of the seat sharing in the Karnataka state cabinet.

The post-poll alliance of the Congress and the JD(S) in Karnataka was formed in a relative hurry after the results of assembly elections on May 15, and the BJP being invited to form the government first delayed the seat sharing discussion between the JD(S) and Congress further.

"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," Karnataka CM Designate HD Kumaraswamy said on Sunday.

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According to reports, the Congress with 78 MLAs, will likely have 20 berths in the 33-member state cabinet while the JD(S) with 37 seats would have 13 ministers. Since the Chief Minister is from the JD(S) reports suggest that the deputy CM would likely be from the Congress. State Congress chief G Parameshwara meanwhile said that Karnataka may have 2 deputy chief ministers.

However, with the details of the seat sharing yet to be worked out, Kumaraswamy would alone be taking oath as Chief Minister On Wednesday.

“Kumaraswamy alone will take oath as chief minister on Wednesday and he will take the floor test on Thursday. The election of speaker will also happen on the same day,” said K C Venugopal, Congress general secretary and in charge of Karnataka.

The results of the Karnataka state elections depicted a hung house with BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats, while Congress and JD(S) combined in a post-poll alliance to secure more than the majority with 117 seats.

Despite the Congress-JD(S) having more seats, the Karnataka Governor invited the BJP to form government, resulting in protests, involvement of the Supreme Court and order of a floor test on Saturday. BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, who had been sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister resigned on Saturday, barely a day after being sworn-in, clearing the path for the Congress-JD(S) alliance.