HD Kumaraswamy to meet Sonia, Rahul tomorrow in Delhi

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 20, 2018, 05:52 PM IST

File photo of former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy. Photograph:(Zee News Network)

Karnataka CM-designate and JDS' (Janata Dal (Secular) HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday said he will be meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday, according to news agency ANI.

The JD(S) leader will also hold discussions on Cabinet expansion and how to establish a stable government in Karnataka with both, ANI added

''Tomorrow I will be going to Delhi, where I will meet Sonia ji and Rahul ji. We will decide about cabinet expansion. I will discuss everything with them on how to give a stable government for the next 5 years,'' Kumaraswamy said. 

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Vala on Saturday invited JD(S) legislative party leader HD Kumaraswamy to form the next government in the state, following the resignation of BJP's BS Yeddyurappa ahead of his trust vote.

"The Governor has invited me to form the next government as the leader of the JD-S legislative party with the support of the Congress, which is our alliance partner," Kumaraswamy told reporters after meeting Vala at Raj Bhavan and staked claim to power after the three-day BJP government fell.

The Governor had given Kumaraswamy 15 days to prove majority in the 224-member legislative assembly, whose strength is currently 222.

Kumaraswamy who was earlier slated to take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 21 between 12 noon and 1 pm-- will now swear-in on May 23.

Speaking to ANI, HD Kumaraswamy reasoned, "We are going to take oath on Wednesday, May 23, as Monday (May 21) is Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary and so that is not a proper date."