Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Apart from Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Congress chief and prominent Dalit leader G Parameshwara was also sworn in as the deputy chief minister of the southern state. Other members of the council of ministers will be inducted after the Kumaraswamy government wins the trust vote on Friday.
Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumaraswamy and Parameshwara. A massive stage was set up in front of the Vidhan Soudha for the oath-taking ceremony, which was attended by Opposition bigwigs, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati. Kumaraswamy became the second Chief Minister of the southern state in a week after BJP man BS Yeddyurappa resigned from the post after his party failed to prove majority.
#04:37 PM: Congress' G Parameshwara takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
#04:34 PM: Breaking: HD Kumaraswamy takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka
#04:30 PM: Watch Live: Oath-taking ceremony of JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy as Karnataka CM
#04:25 PM: CM-designate Kumaraswamy reaches Vidhana Soudha: HD Kumaraswamy, his brother HD Revanna, G.Parameshwara, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and other leaders at Vidhana Soudha.
Bengaluru: HD Kumaraswamy, his brother HD Revanna, G.Parameshwara, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and other leaders at Vidhana Soudha. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/BHRvIOOrXe— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2018
#04:20 PM: Foe turned friends: Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati at Vidhana Soudha ahead of HD Kumaraswamy and G.Parameshwara's swearing-in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, respectively.
Bengaluru: Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati at Vidhana Soudha ahead of HD Kumaraswamy and G.Parameshwara's swearing in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/ckhN3oIzIN— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2018
#03:35 PM: Rahul, Sonia arrive in Bengaluru: UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrive for the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka CM-designate HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru.
#03:30 PM: We all are together: "No one is unhappy, we all are together. We are celebrating that our government is coming in power. I never said that I'm an aspirant of Karnataka Chief Minister post. All is well," says DK Shivakumar, Congress
#03:15 PM: Opposition uniting to topple Modi in 2019!! Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury met, ahead of attending HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Bengaluru: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury met, ahead of attending HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in as Chief Minister of #Karnataka. pic.twitter.com/uTnCSqw3Sg— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2018
#02:30 PM: Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Pawar and Akhilesh Yadav arrive in Bengaluru: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and former Uttar Pradesh CM and Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav arrive in Bengaluru to take part in the swearing-in of Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
#02:15 PM: Mamata Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu arrive in Bengaluru "to strengthen regional parties': West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu arrive in Bengaluru to attend the oath taking ceremony of Kumaraswamy.
"We have come here to witness the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy and express our solidarity to him. In future, we'll work together to protect and promote the national interest. We are here to strengthen all regional parties," they said.
We've come here to witness swearing in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy & express our solidarity to him. In future we'll work together to protect & promote national interest. We're here to strengthen all regional parties: Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu&WB CM Mamata Banerjee in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/bRy7Qp1wWb— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2018
#02:00 PM: Hello and Welcome to the News nation live updates. After days of political drama, HD Kumaraswamy of the Congress-JD-S coalition is set tot take oath as new Karnataka Chief Minister. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi will attend the oath-taking ceremony of Kumaraswamy.
Chief ministers from several non-BJP states, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, are likely to attend the ceremony.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress-JDS alliance had finalised the division of power in the state, after days of high-voltage political drama.
Congress Leader G Parameshwara will take oath as Kumaraswamy’s deputy in the new Karnataka cabinet. The Congress had got lion’s share in state cabinet and party KR Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker of the 225-memebr Karnataka Assembly.