Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony: Preparations underway in front of Vidhana Soudha
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Preparations for swearing in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister-designate H. D. Kumaraswamy underway at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru. Governor Vajubjai Vala invited the 58-year-old JD-S legislative party leader on Saturday to form the coalition government after the fall of the three-day BJP government led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who resigned even before the trust vote was conducted since his party was seven MLAs short of the halfway mark to prove simple majority in a house of 222 members. The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday in front of the Secretariat (Vidhan Soudha) in the presence of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Delhi and Kerala Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Pinarayi Vijayan respectively.
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The JD-S leader has asked party cadres not to erect banners, flexi boards and burst crackers as they would harm the environment, a party official said.
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This is the second time that Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD-S supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Chennamma, will be the Chief Minister, and 12 years after the JD-S formed a coalition government with the BJP on February 4, 2006.