JD(S) state chief H D Kumaraswamy is preparing to take oath as the chief minister on May 23. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Bengaluru’s sprawling Kanteevera stadium on Wednesday.
The occasion will also serve as a show of unity for opposition leaders thereby hinting that an alliance is possible at the regional as well as the national level to fight the BJP.
Kumaraswamy said he will personally invite Congress president Rahul Gandhi as well as several other senior regional leaders.
BahujanSamaj Party chief Mayawati, who contested Karnataka polls in alliance with the JD(S) is likely to attend the event. Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav will also be invited. Chief Ministers of two neighbouring states, Andhra Pradesh's Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana’s k Chandrashekhar Rao, will also be present at the event.
TRS party sources said Kumaraswamy telephoned Rao and invited him for the oath-taking ceremony.
West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also attend the event
He was earlier planning to take oath on Monday but the date was later changed to May 23 as May 21 happens to be the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and Kumaraswamy said he felt it would not be appropriate to hold the ceremony on that date.
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