K'swamy to take oath as CM on Feb 3

The new JD(S)-BJP coalition led by HD Deve Gowda's son will have to prove the majority within eight days. Pictures

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 01:45 IST

Karnataka Governor TN Chaturvedi has invited Janata Dal (S) rebel leader HD Kumaraswamy to form the government in the state. The new government is likely to be sworn in on Saturday.

Kumaraswamy, the son of former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, has been asked to prove his majority on the floor of the House within eight days.

Soon after meeting the Governor, the JD (S) leader told the waiting reporters that he would be sworn in as the Chief Minister on February 3 at 11 am.

Earlier in the day, beleaguered Chief Minister N Dharam Singh resigned in what appeared to be a bid to avert an imminent defeat on the floor of the House.

Singh sent in his resignation to the Governor on Saturday morning through a special messenger.

Singh's decision came after he was summoned by the Governor to discuss the constitutional deadlock arising out of his failure to take the trust vote in the assembly on Friday due to pandemonium that led to its indefinite adjournment.

According to initial reports, an understanding has been reached between
the JD(S) and BJP to share power in the coalition government. While JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamywill hold the Chief Minister's post for 20 months, BJP's Yediyurappa will rule for the next 20 months.

This will be the first time the BJP will taste power anywhere in southern India.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 00:39 IST