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Thursday, October 06 2022
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Siddaramaiah takes oath as CM of Karnataka

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Bangalore: Siddaramaiah takes oath as the 22nd chief minister of Karnataka at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium at 11:40 am today.

A large number of people, including his supporters and Congress workers from across the State, are likely to attend the event. Besides, a number of senior Congess leaders, including B K Hari Prasad and Oscar Fernandes and AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka Madhusudan Mistry, Union ministers from the State, chief ministers of Congress-ruled states and MLAs are likely to attend. Chief ministers usually take oath in front of Vidhana Soudha. The Kanteerava Stadium was chosen for Mondays event as work on Namma Metro is underway near Vidhana Soudha. Chairs have been arranged for 25,000 people at the stadium.

An equal number of people can be accommodated in the galleries. Separate seating arrangements have been made for VIPs. Police have taken elaborate measures to ensure security. Traffic restrictions have been enforced  around the stadium.
Only Siddaramaiah will take oath on Monday as the Congress high command has not finalised the list of Cabinet ministers.

He is expected to expand his ministry later this week. Siddaramaiah is likely to hold a meeting with top government officers, including Chief Secretary S V Ranganath and DG & IGP Lal Rukum Pachao at the chief ministers office on the third floor of Vidhana Soudha.
Siddaramaiah and KPCC chief G Parameshwara are likely to leave for Delhi later in the day. Both leaders will hold meetings with the party high command to discuss ministry formation.

About 50 MLAs are said to be lobbying hard to get Cabinet berths. The maximum strength of the ministry is 34, including the chief minister. The high command, party sources said, is planning to draw up certain guidelines for the selection of ministers.

Leaders belonging to Vokkaliga and the Lingayat communities are said to be insisting on having key portfolios like PWD, revenue, power and water resources, since the chief minister and the KPCC chiefs posts have gone to the OBCs and the SCs respectively. Some of the senior leaders lobbying for Cabinet berths may also leave for Delhi on Monday.

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