Kumaraswamy chosen leader of JD (S) legislature party

November 14th, 2007 - 10:29 am ICT by admin  

The JDSLP meeting was also attended by party chief and Kumaraswamy’s father H D Deve Gowda.

However, the decision on who would be the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka from the JD (S), as per the power-sharing agreement with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State is yet to be taken.

The BJP-led coalition is set to assume office on Monday with the swearing-in of BJP candidate B S Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister.

A decision on Deputy Chief Minister is expected later today after Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda, JD (S) state unit president Merajuddin Patel and senior party leader M P Prakash hold discussions.

At the JDSLP meeting it was also decided that Ministers belonging to the JDS — 18 in all, including Deputy Chief Minister — would take oath at one go, said Kumaraswamy.

It was earlier reported that two members of the coalition - Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister - would be sworn-in on Monday, and the Ministry would be expanded after the combine proves its majority on the floor of the assembly.

Nominees from JD (S) for ministerial berths are expected to be finalised in two-three days, said Kumaraswamy.

On Friday, Governor Rameshwar Thakur invited B S Yeddyurappa, who has been elected BJP-JD (S) joint legislature party leader, to form the government.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to revoke President’s rule in Karnataka and revive the Assembly, which had been kept under suspended animation.

The President’s rule was imposed in the State on October 9 after BJP withdrew its support from its coalition with the JD (S) due to differences over transfer of Chief Ministership as per the power-sharing agreement.

Three weeks after a bitter public spat, both parties came together deciding to form the next coalition in the State under Yeddyurappa’s leadership. (ANI)

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