Karnataka waits for name of next CM — Siddaramaiah or D.K. Shivakumar?

While people of Karnataka await the name of their next chief minister, the authorities began preparations for the new government to take the oath of office, but stopped the work towards evening

May 17, 2023 03:34 pm | Updated 05:34 pm IST - Bengaluru

Supporters of Congress leader Siddaramaiah cheer while demanding the post of chief minister for him, near his residence in Bengaluru, on May 17, 2023.

Supporters of Congress leader Siddaramaiah cheer while demanding the post of chief minister for him, near his residence in Bengaluru, on May 17, 2023.

Preparations for new government in Karnataka
Kanteerava studium in Bengaluru being spruced up for new government to take oath of office in Karnataka, on May 17, 2023. | Video Credit: K Murali Kumar

While the people of Karnataka await the name of their next Chief Minister, the authorities began preparations on May 17 for the new government to take the oath of office, which was expected to take place in Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru on May 18, 2023.

The work was stopped abruptly in the second half of the day. No official was willing to reveal the reason for stopping the preparations.

In the first half of the day, officials were sprucing up Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru for the new government to take the oath of office, on May 17, 2023.

In the first half of the day, officials were sprucing up Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru for the new government to take the oath of office, on May 17, 2023. | Photo Credit: K Murali Kumar

By evening, officials had abandoned Kanteerava stadium. Even the flag of the  Congress party had been taken off. No one in the government was willing to reveal the reason for cancellation of the preparations, in Bengaluru on May 17, 2023.

By evening, officials had abandoned Kanteerava stadium. Even the flag of the Congress party had been taken off. No one in the government was willing to reveal the reason for cancellation of the preparations, in Bengaluru on May 17, 2023. | Photo Credit: K Murali Kumar

Thousands of Congress supporters are expected in Bengaluru for the ceremony, which comes after a fierce electoral campaign and a tug-of-war between former CM and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, and the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar, who put his heart out to revive the fortunes of his party, for the post of chief minister.

Siddaramaiah and D.K. Shivakumar are in Delhi for meetings with the Congress leadership on the name for the post of chief minister of Karnataka. The two contenders had separate meetings with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at 10, Janpath, the residence of former party president Sonia Gandhi, on May 17.

A supporters demanding the post of chief minister for Congress leader Siddaramaiah, near his residence in Bengaluru, on May 17, 2023.

A supporters demanding the post of chief minister for Congress leader Siddaramaiah, near his residence in Bengaluru, on May 17, 2023.

Former CM and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah arrives at 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next Karnataka chief minister, on May 17, 2023.

Former CM and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah arrives at 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next Karnataka chief minister, on May 17, 2023.

Supporters of Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar highlighting his claim for the post of chief minister of Karnataka, outside 10 Janpath, in New Delhi on May 17, 2023. 10, Janpath is the residence of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

Supporters of Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar highlighting his claim for the post of chief minister of Karnataka, outside 10 Janpath, in New Delhi on May 17, 2023. 10, Janpath is the residence of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

Supporters of Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar highlighting his claim for the post of chief minister of Karnataka, outside 10 Janpath, in New Delhi on May 17, 2023. 10, Janpath is the residence of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

Supporters of Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar highlighting his claim for the post of chief minister of Karnataka, outside 10 Janpath, in New Delhi on May 17, 2023. 10, Janpath is the residence of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar arrives at 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet party leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next chief minister of the State, on May 17, 2023.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar arrives at 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet party leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next chief minister of the State, on May 17, 2023.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar arrives at 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet party leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next chief minister of the State, on May 17, 2023.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar arrives at 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet party leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next chief minister of the State, on May 17, 2023.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar heads inside 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet party leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next chief minister of the State, on May 17, 2023.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar heads inside 10, Janpath in New Delhi, to meet party leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the decision on the next chief minister of the State, on May 17, 2023.

Supporters of former Cm Siddaramaiah began celebrating in his native Siddaramana Hundi even before the name of the new CM was announced.

Supporters of former Cm Siddaramaiah began celebrating in his native Siddaramana Hundi even before the name of the new CM was announced. | Photo Credit: SRiRAM M A.

Supporters of former CM Siddaramaiah celebrating in his native Siddaramana Hundi on May 17, 2023.

Supporters of former CM Siddaramaiah celebrating in his native Siddaramana Hundi on May 17, 2023. | Photo Credit: Sriram M.A.

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