New Delhi: Signaling a long strategy to build up an anti-BJP coaltion for 2019 Parliamentary elections, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday held detailed discussions with JD(S) leader and Chief Minister designate of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy.
"I had a warm and cordial meeting this evening, in Delhi, with Shri H D Kumaraswamy ji. We discussed the political situation in Karnataka and other matters of mutual interest", Mr Gandhi tweeted shortly after his meeting with Mr Kumaraswamy where in UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and JD(S) leader Danish Ali were also present.
"I will be attending his swearing in as CM of Karnataka, on Wednesday, in Bengaluru" Mr Gandhi wrote in the microblogging site confirming his attendance at the oath-taking ceremony.
The JD(S)-Congress combine will be returning to power in the southern state after more than a decade as in 2006, the JD(S) had walked out of the alliance and joined hands with the BJP.
The election outcome in Karnataka has given a major push to the process of formation of a grand alliance of Congress and regional parties including the Left to take on the BJP next year.
Among others, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who took a lead role in cementing ties between the Congress and JD(S), is also likely to attend the swearing in ceremony.
Chief Ministers of various non-BJP states including Mamata Banerjee, Pinarayi Vijayan, Arvind Kejriwal, K Chandrasekhar Rao, N Chandrababu Naidu besides other regional leaders like Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, CPI's Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja will also attend.
From the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, DMK leader MK Stalin, and film star-turned politician Rajni Kanth was also in the invitee list.
The meeting between Mr Kumaraswamy and Mr Gandhi fast paced the government formation in the southern state.
"It was a good meeting. Rahulji cleared the initial modalities and asked Mr Venugopal to discuss all the concerned matters tomorrow in Delhi", said Mr Kumaraswamy after the meeting.