Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, May 23:- H D Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular) was sworn-in as the 24th Chief Minister of Karnataka at 4.32 in the evening on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the JD(S)-Congress alliance in the state.
Kumaraswamy took the oath in the name of God and Kannada Nadu people.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dr G Parameshwar took oath as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister in the name of God.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Vala administered the oath to Kumaraswamy and Dr Parameshwar at a gala ceremony held outside the the Vidhana Soudha, the state Assembly.
The ceremony was attended by a battery of political dignitaries, including United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, Tejaswi Yadav, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu.
Fifty-eight-year-old Kumaraswamy was invited to form the Government in Karnataka after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led B S Yeddyurappa stepped down within three days of taking over as the state chief minister, following a fractured mandate of Karnataka Assembly polls.
‘Anti-People’s Mandate Day’ for the BJP
Unhappy with the sequence of events, the BJP is observing ‘Anti-People’s Mandate Day’ in Karnataka in protest against the formation of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government in the state.
BJP state president and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, led the demonstrations in Bengaluru.
Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa criticised the JD(S)-Congress alliance and said that “hunger, greed, and power is the basis of JD(S)-Congress alliance, such alliance will not even last for three months.” –(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)