#Congress In Karnataka : Suspense Ends ! Siddaramaiah To Take Oath As Chief Minister; DK Shivakumar As Deputy Chief Minister On May 20 ; Venue Kanteerava Stadium

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Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot has invited CM-designate Siddaramaiah and deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar to take oath along with team members. The move thus ends the suspense as to who would become the Chief Minister of Karnataka .

Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, who were in a tight race for the top post, will take oath on May 20 at 12.30 pm along with a group of ministers-designate. The venue will be Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru.

The Congress party stormed back to power ousting the incumbent BJP government with a thumping majority bagging 36 seats in the 224 member assembly in th recently held polls on May 10. The results were out on May 13.

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

Earlier in a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party formally elected Siddaramaiah as its leader and Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Ending days of suspense, the Congress central leadership earlier on Thursday announced that Siddaramaiah would be the chief minister, while state party chief D K Shivakumar would be his only deputy in the soon-to-formed cabinet.

The meeting of newly-elected Congress MLAs, MLCs and MPs, which took place at Indira Gandhi Bhavan in Bengaluru was also attended by AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala and two other central observers, namely former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and AICC general secretary Jitendra Singh.

According to Surjewala, Shivakumar moved a resolution to elect Siddaramaiah as the new leader of the Congress Legislature Party in Karnataka.

All the members of CLP endorsed it unanimously.

For the swearing in ceremony . Invites had been sent to several Congress and opposition leaders – Karnataka 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 CM 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 .

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