Ex-Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has turned into a thorn in the flesh for HD Kumaraswamy as he has never reconciled with the Congress leadership’s decision to offer ‘unconditional’ support to make him the CM
Polls were deferred in Jayanagar in south Bengaluru because of the death of BJP candidate BN Vijayakumar
Police have made elaborate security arrangement in and around the counting centre.
When Congress had approached HD Deve Gowda for an alliance and offered the CM’s position to JD(S), the veteran leader had insisted that Congress leaders keep the CM post with them
The assembly elections were held on May 12, but poll in Jayanagar was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate BN Vijayakumar, who was holding the seat.
AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal also said no first-time MLAs are being inducted into the cabinet for the time being
Congress got 22 cabinet berths and the JD(S) 12, but the larger party has kept six seats vacant and JD(S) one, to keep aspirants’ hopes alive.
This blog will track live updates from the cabinet formation and swearing-in of the ministers in the Karnataka coalition government.
The move comes after the Congress-JD(S) coalition government announced a farm loan waiver last week
The maximum number of Lok Sabha seats JD(S) has ever won in Karnataka is four, it will be a clear case of the tail wagging the dog if the Congress fights 2019 under Kumaraswamy's leadership.
The Congress has conceded the finance portfolio to the JDS, as per the direction of party President Rahul Gandhi.
Kumaraswamy along with his Deputy and Pradesh Congress Committee chief G Parameshwara met Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan to discuss the dates for the swearing-in of the new ministers.
Leaders of Congress and JD(S) have held several rounds of meetings, both in Bengaluru and New Delhi, but have failed to arrive at a consensus on Cabinet formation
The opposition BJP's appeal to farmers and the public to "voluntarily observe a bandh" across Karnataka today to protest the alleged failure of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to keep up his farm loan waiver promise evoked a tepid response.
The new Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy today issued an order terminating the tenure of non-official heads of various boards, corporations and authorities with immediate effect.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said he is committed to waive farm loans or else he will retire from politics, and asked people not to fall prey to the "BJP's conspiracy".
Karnataka BJP leaders flayed Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's remark that he was at the "mercy" of Congress and not the people of state, syingthat he was "deriding his own people" and doubted his credentials to serve them.
The Congress and the JD(S) are likely to seal the deal over portfolio allocation in Karnataka within a day or two, a senior Congress leader said today after the two coalition partners held deliberations over the issue.
JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda said today he had offered to support a Congress-led government in Karnataka after the fractured verdict in the Assembly polls but the latter insisted on H D Kumaraswamy becoming the chief minister.
Ahead of his Delhi visit to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers, he reiterated that farm loan waiver was his priority as he had promised and he would resign if he failed to fulfill it.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi's overseas travel plan will not come in the way in finalising the portfolios, he added.
Soon after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy proved his three-day-old government's majority on the floor of the assembly, parleys began between coalition partners Congress and JD(S) on cabinet expansion in Karnataka.
HD Kumaraswamy passed the floor test with 117 Congress-JD(S) MLA's voting in favour of the newly appointed Chief Minister. Meanwhile, an estranged BJP led by BS Yeddyurappa staged a walkout on the issue of farm loan waivers.
The next big challenge before the new government would be ministry formation. While there is not much of dissent in the JD(S) camp, the Congress claims it has succeeded in calming its many claimants
Karnataka consists of 224 assembly seats, out of which 222 seats had gone to polls on May 12. Results were announced on May 15