Kumaraswamy Takes Oath Amid Opposition Show Of Unity In Karnataka

24 May, 2018, 02:58 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi with BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi during the swearing-in ceremony of H.D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister of Karnataka in Bengaluru

The swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.

Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony was attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders coming together in a show of unity against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Among the prominent political leaders present on the huge dais were UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, expelled Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Mr Kumaraswamy said that he had discussion with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also head of the Trinamool Congress, has advised on several issues. Other members of the council of ministers will be inducted after the Kumaraswamy government wins the trust vote on Friday. "This government will be protected by local Congress leaders and our leaders", he added. Outgoing Siddaramaiah, Yeddyurappa who had to resign after BJP failed to prove the majority on the floor of the House and now Kumaraswamy who has taken the oath of the office today and will face the floor test on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated HD Kumaraswamy and G Parameshwara on Wednesday for becoming the Chief Minister and the deputy Chief Minister, respectively, of Karnataka. "It is left to the Congress to decide who it wants in the ministry".

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The BJP, with its 104 MLAs, would be a formidable opposition and would do everything to keep the government on its toes. A fan of Kannada thespian Dr Rajkumar, he was attracted to cinema since his college days.

He lost both the parliamentary and assembly elections thereafter. When the BJP's turn for chief minister-ship came, he reneged on the arrangement, and brought down the Yeddyurappa government within seven days.

Kumaraswamy's outreach to rural folk with "gram vastavya" project under which he stayed in villages to understand their problems earned him popularity, but he also faced corruption taint in an alleged mining scam.

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