- HD Kumaraswamy meeting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Monday
- He will take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister on Wednesday
- G Parameshwara of Congress likely to be a Deputy Chief Minister
The leader of the regional party Janata Dal Secular will take oath on Wednesday - alone, said senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar. The rest of his cabinet is likely to take oath only after the trust vote, which is likely to be held on Wednesday.
Under the last-minute deal between the Congress and the JD(S) on the day of vote counting, the Congress will choose a Deputy Chief Minister -- a post that's likely to be filled by Mr Parameshwara. Leaders of the JD(S), however, did not rule out the possibility of two Deputy Chief Ministers to strike a balance between the two parties.
Ahead of the meeting with Rahul and Sonia Gandhi on Monday afternoon, Mr Kumaraswamy is likely to make a detour to Tirumala, to seek blessings of Lord Balaji at the famous temple of Tirupati.
On Saturday night, in a key meeting, the Congress and the JD(S) finalised the details of power sharing. The Congress, which won 78 seats in comparison to Mr Kumaraswamy's party's 38, will get the lion's share of the ministries, although the portfolios are yet to be worked out.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP, the single largest party with 104 seats, to form the government though the JD(S) Congress combine that commanded a majority, had staked claim to form government.
But BS Yeddyurappa, who took over as Chief Minister, resigned on the third day, ahead of the trust vote. The Governor had controversially given him 15 days to prove majority, triggering allegations of poaching. But the Supreme Court, in response to a petition by the Congress against the Governor's decision, had directed him to take the floor test within 24 hours.
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