Karnataka CM race: Officers call off preparations for swearing-in ceremony, fake invite does rounds on WhatsApp

The preparations were on in full swing as it was anticipated that the Congress would announce its CM face today

May 17, 2023 04:39 pm | Updated 06:38 pm IST

Supporters celebrating at Siddaramana Hundi , home town of Siddaramaiah.

Supporters celebrating at Siddaramana Hundi , home town of Siddaramaiah. | Photo Credit: MA Sriram

While Karnataka awaits confirmation of its next CM face, government and police officials began preparations for the swearing-in ceremony at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

However, the arrangements — which were being carried out in full swing — were abruptly called off by late afternoon. No official was willing to reveal the reason for stopping the preparations.

Meanwhile, an invite was circulated on WhatsApp with a message that Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot would administer the oath of office to Mr. Siddaramaiah on May 18, even as celebrations began at his native village of Siddaramanahundi in Varuna. 

However, it later came to light that the invite was fake and that there had been no official communique from the Raj Bhavan.

Also read: Two leaders from BJP, who were once close aides of Siddaramaiah, blame him for quitting Congress

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