JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will sworn-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka today. Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer him oath of office and secrecy at 4:30 PM at the grand steps of Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat. Congress leader G Parameshwar will be sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister. Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker. This was decided at a meeting of senior leaders of Congress and JD(S) yesterday. The cabinet will comprise of 22 ministers from Congress including Deputy CM and 12 from JD(S) including the CM.
A host of leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Ministers of non-BJP states and heads of regional parties are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. They include Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, N Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.
The BJP will observe the day as Janamata Virodhi Diwas and stage protests across the state today. Party’s state General Secretary CT Ravi said BJP workers will tie black band and hold protests.