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Karnataka govt formation highlights: Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar meet governor, stake claim to form govt

Siddaramaiah has been named as the next chief minister of Karnataka while DK Shivakumar will be his deputy. Follow for latest updates.
Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar meet governor Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot.
Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar meet governor Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot.

Karnataka govt formation LIVE Updates: After a four-day wait, the Congress party has formally announced that Siddaramaiah will be named the new Karnataka chief minister, and DK Shivakumar is set to be his sole deputy. Celebrations were in full swing at Siddaramaiah's native village and outside his residence in Bengaluru, with supporters displaying banners, pouring milk over his posters and raising slogans. ...Read More

The CM and deputy CM, along with a few other ministers, will be sworn in to their new roles at Bengaluru's Kanteerava stadium on Saturday at 12:30pm, KC Venugopal said.

Reports said the grand old party talked about a rotational tenure of two-and-a-half years each for both the leaders, however, there was no talk on this at the party briefing confirming the CM announcement.

Kharge is said to have come to the decision after hectic meetings for the past three days with the party's high command - Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the two contenders, leaders from Karnataka, the Congress central observers and newly-elected MLAs, among others.

The Congress party emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka after witnessed a big win in the May 10 assembly election, securing 135 seats and giving the state a decisive mandate. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) meanwhile won 66 seats, and regional party, the Janata Dal (Secular), managed to get 19 seats. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates.

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May 18, 2023 10:26 PM IST

Karnataka CM swearing-in ceremony to be Oppn's show of strength. Mamata, Pawar, Nitish invited: Guests list

The swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka chief minister-designate Siddaramaiah and his to-be deputy DK Shivakumar on May 20 could well turn out to be a show of strength for the Opposition parties. Read here

May 18, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Basavaraj Bommai congratulates Siddaramaiah

May 18, 2023 9:54 PM IST

Watch: Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar leave Raj Bhawan after meeting governor

May 18, 2023 9:46 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee likely to skip Siddaramaiah swearing-in, send representative

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Congress leader Siddaramaiah as the Karnataka CM, is likely to skip the event, a top source at the state secretariat said on Thursday.

A representative of Banerjee will, however, be attending the programme, he added.

"The CM is likely to skip the swearing-in-ceremony. She may be assigning someone to represent the state there," the bureaucrat told PTI.

May 18, 2023 9:39 PM IST

‘Siddaramaiah’s name as CLP leader was endorsed unanimously’says Congress leader Eshwar Khandre

May 18, 2023 9:34 PM IST

Karnataka governor invites Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar to take oath on May 20

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot invites CM-designate Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar to take oath along with team members. The oath ceremony will take place at 12.30 pm on 20th May in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.

May 18, 2023 9:28 PM IST

Congress delegation meet governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form govt

Congress delegation, including CM-designate Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar, meet Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the Government.

May 18, 2023 8:43 PM IST

Siddaramaiah formally elected Congress Legislature Party leader in Karnataka ahead of swearing-in

Siddaramaiah has been formally elected as Congress Legislature Party leader in Karnataka ahead of swearing-in.

May 18, 2023 7:56 PM IST

Siddaramiah arrives at the party office in Bengaluru for Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting

Karnataka CM-designate Siddaramiah has arrived at the party office in Bengaluru for Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting.

May 18, 2023 7:41 PM IST

Supporters of Siddaramaiah rejoice and chant slogans outside his residence in Bengaluru

May 18, 2023 7:37 PM IST

Former Karnataka deputy CM G Parameshwara and other MLAs of Congress party arrive at party office for Congress Legislative Party meeting

Former Karnataka deputy CM G Parameshwara and other MLAs of Congress party arrive at the party office in Bengaluru for Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting.

May 18, 2023 6:50 PM IST

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to attend swearing-in ceremony

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will attend swearing-in ceremony of Congress government in Karnataka, JD(U) spokesperson Rajib Ranjan was quoted by PTI. 

May 18, 2023 6:41 PM IST

Watch | Karnataka deputy-CM designate DK Shivakumar arrives in Bengaluru

May 18, 2023 6:13 PM IST

Guest list of Siddaramaiah's swearing-in ceremony 

Congress has extended invitations to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Himachal Pradesh Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, NC chief Farooq Abdullah and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik have also been invited.

May 18, 2023 6:01 PM IST

Watch | Congress workers arrive at HAL airport in Bengaluru to welcome Siddaramaiah & DK Shivakumar

May 18, 2023 5:16 PM IST

In the end 'corruption' wins: BJP on Cong's Karnataka decision

The BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of ignoring sub-regional aspirations and prominent communities with its choice of Siddaramaiah as the new Karnataka chief minister and DK Shivakumar as his deputy and alleged that corruption has won.

BJP I-T department head Amil Malviya also claimed that For the first time there will be no representation from the all-powerful Lingayat community or the SCs.

May 18, 2023 5:00 PM IST

Supporters of Siddaramaiah play ‘Nadaswaram’ outside his residence in Bengaluru

Supporters of Karnataka CM-elect Siddaramaiah played the ‘Nadaswaram’, a traditional musical instrument from South India, outside his residence in Bengaluru in celebration of the news that he is slated to be the 24th chief minister of Karnataka.

May 18, 2023 4:49 PM IST

Bihar CM, deputy CM to attend swearing-in ceremony in Karnataka

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka CM designate and Deputy CM designate. (ANI)

May 18, 2023 4:19 PM IST

G Parameshwara informs Karnataka governor of govt formation by Congress

Former Karnataka Deputy CM and MLA Dr G. Parameshwara went to Raj Bhavan as a representative of the Congress Party and met Karnataka Governor Thavarchand Gehlot and gave information about the formation of the government by the Congress Party. (ANI)

May 18, 2023 3:46 PM IST

Kharge, Siddaramaiah invite Tamil Nadu CM Stalin to swearing-in ceremony

Indian National Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Karnataka CM designate Siddaramaiah in a phone call invited Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin for the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled on May 20, news agency ANI reported.

May 18, 2023 3:22 PM IST

Karnataka Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar arrives at Delhi airport to leave for Bengaluru

Karnataka Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar also arrived at the Delhi airport to leave for Bengaluru, where a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting is scheduled today at 7 pm.

May 18, 2023 2:56 PM IST

Karnataka CM-designate Siddaramaiah to leave for Bengaluru shortly

Karnataka CM-designate Siddaramaiah, along with other leaders of the party including MB Patil, arrive at the Delhi airport as they leave for Bengaluru. Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting has been called in the Karnataka capital today at 7 pm.

May 18, 2023 2:43 PM IST

We should be happy and deliver, says DK Shivakumar

After being named the Karnataka Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar said, "When people have given such a big mandate, we should definitely be happy and deliver and fulfil the promises. That is our main motto, agenda."

May 18, 2023 2:19 PM IST

‘Why should I be upset? There is a long way to go,’ says DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar said, "Why should I be upset? There is a long way to go," when asked if he is happy on being named the Deputy CM.

May 18, 2023 1:59 PM IST

We are part of your family, says Surjewala to media

Congress General Secretary and Karnataka in-charge Randeep Surjewala on Thursday said, “Media got angry with us and asked us why we are not able to decide quickly. This is your right, but no one can get angry with Modi ji. We are part of your family, we love you, you love us. This is Congress.”

May 18, 2023 1:48 PM IST

Congress leader K C Vengopal congratulates Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar

Congress leader K C Vengopal congratulated Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar on Twitter. He said, “Heartiest congratulations to Sh. @siddaramaiah ji and Sh. @DKShivakumar ji for being designated the next Chief Minister and Deputy CM of Karnataka! I am confident that your combined experience, empathy and dedication to public service will give Karnataka a visionary leadership…”

 

May 18, 2023 1:40 PM IST

Experience, grassroots support land Siddaramaiah top Karnataka post

Vast experience in running the government and mass appeal across the state have favoured Siddaramaiah in the tightly contested race for Karnataka chief minister.

The Congress leadership threw its weight behind the 75-year-old Siddaramaiah keeping in view the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, where his clout among the OBCs, SCs and Muslims would play a key role.

Siddaramaiah also brings to the table the experience of managing the government and competing interests of a caste and class-dominated Karnataka, having served as chief minister from 2013 to 2018.

The tallest among the state leaders, his persona and vote garnering abilities could not be ignored by the party, which is looking forward to capture as many seats in the next Lok Sabha polls, a senior leader said.

(PTI)

May 18, 2023 1:33 PM IST

'Power sharing means…': Congress after naming Siddaramaiah as K'taka CM, Shivakumar as deputy

The Congress on Thursday named Siddaramaiah as the new chief minister of Karnataka and DK Shivakumar as his deputy, bringing an end to nearly a week of speculation following the party's statement win in the 2023 Assembly election. Shivakumar - who had refused to walk back his claim to the chief ministership till late last night, when Sonia Gandhi spoke to him - will remain the Congress' Karnataka unit boss till the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

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May 18, 2023 1:30 PM IST

Preparations underway at Bengaluru's Sree Kanteerava Stadium where swearing-in ceremony new Karnataka govt is to be held on 20th May

May 18, 2023 1:16 PM IST

‘Motive is to deliver what we promised to people of Karnataka’: AICC General Sect K C Venugopal

"Nothing is there. Our motive is to deliver the five guarantees to the people of Karnataka that we promised," says AICC General Secretary @kcvenugopalmp in response to media query on whether any power-sharing formula in Karnataka has been agreed upon, news agency PTI reported. 

May 18, 2023 1:14 PM IST

Youth Congress President Srinivas BV felicitated DK Shivakumar after he was designated as Karnataka Deputy CM

May 18, 2023 1:09 PM IST

We accepted whatever formula has been generated, says DK Shivakumar on CM decision

DK Shivakumar, Karnataka's Deputy CM-designate spoke to reporters shortly after the formal announcement on CM decision by the party, and said, “Everything is well and will be well. Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge said that we all have to work together and we accepted whatever formula has been generated.”

May 18, 2023 1:01 PM IST

Those who want to fight for democracy can attend swearing-in ceremony, says Surjewala

Randeep Singh Surjewala on Thursday said those who want to fight for democracy and save the Constitution can attend the oath-taking ceremony of the new Karnataka CM and deputy CM. 

“Our only formula is the service of people. Whoever wants to serve the people can do so, as much as they want. All our allies will be invited (to the oath-taking ceremony). This is not a celebration but Congress's dedication to democracy...those who want to fight for democracy and save the Constitution, can attend the event,” he said. (ANI)

May 18, 2023 12:56 PM IST

Our hands will always be united, Siddaramaiah tweets

Leaders of the Congress party presented a united front after the raging battle to become the next CM of Karnataka - between Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar - came to an end with the formal announcement made by the party today. 

“Our hands will always be united to protect the welfare of the Kannadigas. The Congress party will work as a family to deliver a pro-people, transparent, corruption-free governance and fulfill all our guarantees,” CM designate Siddaramaiah tweeted.

May 18, 2023 12:30 PM IST

‘We are united…’, DK Shivakumar tweets

DK Shivakumar, KPCC chief and new Deputy CM of Karnataka on Thursday tweeted, “Karnataka's secure future and our peoples welfare is our top priority, and we are united in guaranteeing that.”

May 18, 2023 12:23 PM IST

‘We believe in consensus, not in dictatorship’ says Venugopal

With no mention of split terms, Congress leader KC Venugopal on Thursday said the party believes in consensus, not in dictatorship. After announcing formally that the CM and deputy CM posts are going to be handed to Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, respectively, he said, “On May 20, at 12:30pm, along with CM and Deputy CM, a group of ministers will be sworn in. We are inviting likeminded parties to the swearing-in.”

May 18, 2023 12:08 PM IST

‘Siddaramaiah CM, DKS sole Deputy CM’: announces KC Venugopal

Congress leader KC Venugopal on Thursday addressed the media at the AICC headquarters and said, “Siddaramaiah will be the chief minister of Karnataka, DK Shivakumar will be the only one deputy CM in Karnataka. He will continue as KPCC president till parliament election is over.”

May 18, 2023 11:50 AM IST

Siddaramaiah, DKS have breakfast meet at Venugopal's residence

Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar along with the party's state in-charge Randeep Surjewala held a breakfast meeting with the party's general secretary-organisation KC Venugopal earlier today. “Had a warm breakfast meeting with AICC General Secretary In-Charge Randeep Singh Surjewala ji, along with KPCC President Shri DK Shivakumar ji and Shri Siddaramaiah ji, the dynamic duo that won the hearts of Karnataka!” Venugopal tweeted.

May 18, 2023 11:41 AM IST

Will implement 5 guarantees promised to 6.5 Cr Kannadigas, tweets Kharge

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday tweeted a photo of himself along with Karnataka's two prominent leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar - slated to become CM and deputy CM, respectively - at his residence and said, “Team Congress is committed to usher progress, welfare and social justice for the people of Karnataka. We will implement the 5 guarantees promised to 6.5 Cr Kannadigas.”

May 18, 2023 11:30 AM IST

‘The winning team’: Siddaramaiah, DKS pose together at Kharge's residence

Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar were seen together at Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge's residence in Delhi on Thursday for the first time since it emerged that the former would be named Karnataka CM and the latter would be his deputy. The duo, who was all smiles, posed for a photo along with Kharge, which party leader Randeep Surjewala shared online.

May 18, 2023 11:22 AM IST

Cong meet at KC Venugopal's residence concludes in Delhi

Congress meet with Karnataka leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar at party General Secretary-Organisation KC Venugopal's residence concluded in Delhi a few mins ago. Other senior leaders including Dinesh Gundu Rao attended.

May 18, 2023 11:11 AM IST

Swearing-in ceremony to see full attendance from Gandhi family

The swearing-in ceremony for the new Karnataka CM will see full attendance from the opposition, as Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to invite several leaders.

Rahul Gandhi, Rai Bareli MP Sonia Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior party leaders are expected to attend the event on Saturday in Bengaluru. (ANI)

May 18, 2023 11:02 AM IST

Celebrations break out at Siddaramaiah's native village

The residents of Siddaramanahundi, the native village of Siddaramaiah were in full celebration mode as they set off crackers, raised slogans and distributed sweets. His brother Sidde Gowda, confident that Siddaramaiah will be chosen for the top post, told reporters, “There's a guarantee that Siddaramaiah will become Chief Minister. He has done good for the people. He introduced 'Anna Bhagya' scheme giving free rice to the poor people.”

May 18, 2023 10:52 AM IST

'I'm going to rest…': DK Shivakumar

On being asked about the high command's decision, 61-year-old Vokkaliga leader DK Shivakumar said on Wednesday, “There is nothing to tell...we have left it to the high command...High command will take the call. I'm going for rest." 

HT had reported on Wednesday that Shivakumar had been offered six other portfolios apart from the deputy chief minister post. It is not yet clear which portfolios will be handed to him.

May 18, 2023 10:40 AM IST

Vested interests of individuals clearly visible, says former CM Sadananda Gowda

Former Karnataka CM Sadananda Gowda on Thursday said both Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar had “vested interestd”. "What happened in Rajasthan, same thing will happen here (in Karnataka). The vested interests of individuals - Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar - are clearly visible. It is quite unwarranted in democratic setup," he said.

May 18, 2023 10:30 AM IST

Let AICC make announcement, says G Parameshwara

Congress leader and former Deputy CM Dr G Parameshwara, who was being seen as a third contender for the Karnataka CM post on Thursday said, “Let AICC officially make an announcement about whom to give which position, and then the rest of the things will follow.” (ANI)

May 18, 2023 10:17 AM IST

Siddaramaiah, DKS at KC Venugopal's residence this morning

Both senior leaders of the Congress Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar on Thursday morning left for party leader KC Venugopal's residence in Delhi. DK Shivakumar was seen arriving at leader's home, where he confirmed that a decision has been taken by the high command. "The party high command has taken a decision," he said. Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao is also set to meet leaders at Venugopal's residence.

May 18, 2023 10:09 AM IST

I agreed in the larger interest of the party, says DK Shivakumar

Karnataka's new deputy CM, DK Shivakumar said he agreed to a compromise in the larger interest of the party. “We have a commitment before the people of Karnataka. Parliament elections are ahead. So, I have to bow to the AICC president and the Gandhi family. In the larger interest of the party (I have agreed to the formula) and why not, because sometimes the ice should break. Ultimately, there is a responsibility towards what we have a commitment to the people of Karnataka and we have to deliver,” he said.

May 18, 2023 10:00 AM IST

Not fully happy, says DK Shivakumar's brother on Karnataka CM decision

Congress MP and DK Shivakumar's brother, DK Suresh on Thursday said he is “not fully happy” with the party high command's decision to select Siddaramaiah as the next CM of Karnataka. “I am not fully happy but in the interest of Karnataka we wanted to fulfil our commitment...That is why DK Shivakumar had to accept. In future we will see, there is a long way to go. ...I wish it (CM post for DK Shivakumar) but it didn't happen, we will wait and see,” he said. (ANI) 

May 18, 2023 9:48 AM IST

Cong leader Dinesh Gundu Rao leaves from KC Venugopal's residence

As Congress leaders shuffled in and out of meetings ahead of the party's official announcement on the next Karnataka CM, former Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao was seen leaving from AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal's residence in Delhi.

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