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Kumaraswamy takes oath with galaxy of top leaders in attendance

Kumaraswamy's swearing-in comes days after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa resigned as the chief minister of the state only two days after he was sworn in

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Bangluru: HD Kumaraswamy was today sworn in as the Karnataka chief minister at the head of a JD(S)-Congress coalition government.

Other members of the council of ministers will be inducted after the Kumaraswamy government wins the trust vote on Friday. Attired in the traditional “dhoti” and white shirt, Kumaraswamy took the oath in the name of God and the people of “Kannada Nadu”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu, and Pinarayi Vijayan, her counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala respectively, were present.
Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who has struck an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and socialist leader Sharad Yadav 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.

Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in comes days after BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa resigned as the chief minister of the state only two days after he was sworn in.

Kumaraswamy was chosen as the chief ministerial candidate of the JD(S)-Congress alliance when the Congress reach out to JD(S) after counting to form the alliance.

Though the Congress and JD(S) had the numbers to form a government, the Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala had invited the BJP to form a government in the state.

The alliance had maintained that the BJP did not have the numbers and had approached the Supreme Court to contest Yeddyurappa’s bid to form the government. The Supreme Court had directed the BJP and Yeddyurappa to prove its majority on the floor of the house after it told the court that they had the numbers.

Ahead of the floor test, several Congress and JD(S) MLAs had told the media that the BJP had offered them bribes of large sums of money and ministerial positions in the state if they moved to the BJP.

On the day of the floor test, after an emotional speech, Yeddyurappa conceded that he did not have the numbers and resigned as the chief minister paving way for Kumaraswamy.

Son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy is president of JD(S) in Karnataka.  He served as the chief minister of Karnataka between February 2006 to October 2007.

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