Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister today at 4.30 pm.

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HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the chief minister of Karnataka today at 4:30 pm, as the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress are set to form the government in the state.

After much speculation, Congress announced that state party president and Dalit leader G Parameshwara will take oath as as the deputy chief minister.

Venugopal also said that Ramesh Kumar from the Congress who was a former speaker would be the speaker again and the deputy speaker would be from the JD(S). He added that a co-ordination committee would be setup shortly to ensure smooth running of the government.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today confirmed his presence at the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister.

Chief Ministers of non-BJP states and head of regional parties, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party Mayawati, are also expected to attend.

New Delhi: JD(S) leader and Karnataka chief minister-designate H D Kumaraswamy with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi during a meeting in New Delhi, on Monday. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI5_21_2018_000186B)

The floor test is expected to take place on May 25 after the speaker and his deputy are elected.Harish Ramaswamy, a senior political analyst, said that jostling for berths was expected and the longevity of the coalition government would be dependent on how effectively it satisfies demands from various factions in both parties.

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