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Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister, Parameshwara as his Deputy

Wednesday May 23, 2018 6:00 PM, News Network

Kumaraswamy Swearing In

Bengaluru: Janata Dal (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister whereas State Congress President G Parameshwara took oath as his Deputy on Wednesday in the presence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other national leaders.

Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy will have a 34 member cabinet. Among the 34 MLAs who will be inducted as ministers, 12 are from Janata Dal (S) and 22 are from Congress. They will be sworn in as ministers in a separate ceremony after the Kumaraswamy government wins the trust vote on Friday.

The Congress Party winning 78 seats out of the total 222 seats which went to polls in Karnataka on May 12, formed an alliance with Janata Dal (S) which has 37 members. As part of the deal between the two parties, besides the post of Deputy Chief Minister and 22 ministers, Congress will also have its leader K R Ramesh as Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly.

Besides Sonia and Rahul, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were also present at the grand ceremony in the Vidhana Soudha complex, the seat of power in Bengaluru.

Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who have struck an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, socialist leader Sharad Yadav and Kamal Haasan, the Tamil Super Star who recently floated political party, were also in attendance.

The show of strength by a galaxy of national leaders and regional satraps is being seen as a strong signal to the BJP about the possibility of formation of a broad-based front to take on the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha polls next year.

The BJP boycotted the ceremony and observed a "Black Day" during which it held statewide protests against the new coalition government, which it called "unholy".

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