JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy speaking to reporters on Saturday, declared that he would be taking oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday instead of Monday as Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary is on Monday. Earlier after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, he said, “The Governor has invited me to form the government. The oath ceremony (as Chief Minister) will be held on Monday between 12 pm -1 pm.”
“As Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary is on the same day, so it is not a proper date, now we are going to take oath on Wednesday,” Kumaraswamy said.
JD(S) legislative leader Kumaraswamy, also stated that the Governor had given him 15 days to prove the majority in the 224-member legislative assembly. “I have decided to form the JD-S-Congress government in the Kanteerva stadium,” he said. “West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana CM KC Rao congratulated me. Mayawati ji has also blessed me. I have invited all regional leaders for the oath ceremony. I’ve also invited Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji personally,” he added.
Earlier in the day BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, minutes before the scheduled trust vote.