NEW DELHI: Ahead of his swearing-in as the Karnataka chief minister, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy arrived in the national capital today and is likely to meet Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to discuss the power-sharing arrangement.
Kumaraswamy met BSP chief Mayawati here and discussed the role of regional parties in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Sources in the BSP said the two leaders also discussed the shape of the Congress-JD (S) cabinet and the possibility of sole BSP MLA N Mahesh getting a berth.
The BSP and the JD(S) have a pre-poll alliance in the state.
During their over half-an-hour meeting, Kumaraswamy also invited Mayawati for the oath taking ceremony of the new council of ministers.
The sources said the discussions between the two largely revolved around the role regional parties could play to stop the BJP from returning to power in the next Lok Sabha polls.
Kumaraswamy, who will take over as chief minister of Karnataka on May 23, is in the national capital to meet the Congress leadership and work out modalities of government formation in the southern state.
Kumaraswamy was invited to form the government after B S Yeddyurappa of the BJP on May 19 stepped down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state assembly as the BJP fell short of numbers.
The May 12 Karnataka assembly polls threw up a hung assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats.
The Congress was next with 78 and the JD(S) followed with 37. The BSP has one MLA and two seats went to Independents.