Standing in one of the opulent rooms, the two men were seen greeting each other formally. Later, they were seen seated, waiting for the Governor's summons, separated by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and a vacant chair. There was no eye contact.
Mr Kumaraswamy's elevation in the JD(S) was the reason for Mr Siddaramaiah's acrimonious exit from the party. It is common knowledge that party chief HD Deve Gowda is yet to forgive him for that.
Over the last few days, as exit polls predicted a split verdict, the JD(S) made it clear that if the Congress wanted to form an alliance, it had to take the first step. Mr Kumaraswamy went on record saying he prefers to be king and not kingmaker.
Today, senior JD(S) leaders indicated that back-channel discussions between the two parties were on. But the final decision to give up the Chief Minister's post and support a JD(S)-led government was taken at a family council this noon at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's Delhi residence. His mother Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for nearly two decades, and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were present, sources told NDTV.
Sources said the decision to give up the Chief Minister's post and support the regional party, which was expected win around 40 seats - half that of Congress - was a strategic one. It was meant to show that the Congress can go to any extent to keep the BJP out - a clear message ahead of the 2019 general election.