Karnataka Swearing-in Ceremony Live Updates: 8 Congress MLAs to take oath as Ministers with CM Siddaramaiah, his deputy DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Government Formation Live Updates Today: The swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar will take place in Bengaluru at 12:30 pm today, with several Opposition party leaders in attendance.

Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar, Karnataka government formationKarnataka Government Formation LIVE Updates: Karnataka CM-designate Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM-designate D.K. Shivakumar (PTI/File)

Karnataka Oath-taking Ceremony Live Updates: Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister-designate Siddaramaiah, and his deputy D K Shivakumar in Bengaluru today, the Congress released the first list of MLAs who have been included in the state Cabinet. The new ministers are likely to be: G Parameshwara, K H Muniyappa, K J George, M B Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyank Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy, and B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge extended the invitation to several like-minded Opposition parties and personally invited them to the event. Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, apart from several Congress Chief Ministers and leaders are expected to attend the event.

This comes after days of hectic parleys, post which the Congress named Siddaramaiah as the chief minister, Shivakumar his deputy. While Siddaramaiah, 75, is a backwards-class leader with over five decades of political experience and is considered one of the three remaining mass leaders of the state, KPCC president DK Shivakumar, who hails from the Vokkaliga community, is seen as the architect behind the victory in Karnataka.

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The Karnataka election results have brought cheer to many of our liberal friends. But the question remains: Will the change in government help the common people of Karnataka? Let us examine this question more carefully.

According to the Lokniti-CSDS survey of the Karnataka electorate, the top three issues of interest to voters were unemployment (30 per cent), poverty (21 per cent) and lack of development (15 per cent). Education was at 6 per cent and corruption even lower. Thus, material development was the principal concern of voters and not emotive issues such as the politics of religion. But to change these material conditions, we need to understand how we got here in the first place.

One of the key takeaways from the Karnataka polls is that a slew of social engineering measures undertaken by the BJP government in the state on the eve of the elections yielded little or no results, and even boomeranged on the BJP.

The Basavaraj Bommai government had announced a series of changes in reservation quotas for various communities – these included a 2% hike in reservations for Scheduled Castes (SCs), a 4% hike in reservations for Scheduled Tribes (STs), removal of a 4% quota for OBC Muslims under the OBC category and redistribution of 2% each to the dominant Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities.

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First published on: 20-05-2023 at 06:30 IST

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