Bengaluru, May 23: After days of high drama and intense power-sharing formula to form the government, the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru laid the red carpet for its 24th Chief Minister. Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, while Congress state president G Parameshwara was sworn in as his deputy.
HD Kumaraswamy was administered the oath of office and secrecy by governor Vajubhai Vala in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, as a host of national and regional leaders looked on. The ceremony was attended by a host of opposition leaders and chief ministers, a development that could plant a seed for a broad-based anti-BJP front before the Lok Sabha election next year.
Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara was also sworn-in as the deputy chief minister and Ramesh Kumar, a former minister, and Congress leader will be the next assembly speaker. The Congress will have 22 ministers and the JD(S) 12, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state KC Venugopal said, adding that they would be sworn-in after the floor test slated for Friday.
Congratulating Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying, “I congratulate Shri @hd_kumaraswamy Ji and @DrParameshwara Ji on taking oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. My best wishes for their tenure ahead.”
Reiterating to the tweet, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted saying, “My heartfelt thanks to you PM @narendramodi ji for the wishes. I have full faith in our federal system and I am there with you on all development-oriented issues. I also seek your full cooperation in developing Karnataka into a model state.”
Ahead of taking the oath, Kumaraswamy said there would be certain limitations in a coalition government and he would have to take his coalition partner, the Congress, into confidence over a number of matters. The JD(S) leader said the new government will waive farmer loans after improving the state's financial outlook.