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In Karnataka, a Swearing-In & the Promise of a Grand Alliance

Wednesday evening was not just about Kumaraswamy taking oath as CM. The air in Vidhan Soudha was one of unity.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, as Mayawati and Sitaram Yechury look on. 
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Invoking the name of god and the people of Karnataka, JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy took oath as the 24th Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday evening. The new JD(S) government enters office with support of the Congress, after a long-drawn legal battle against the BJP, which was the single largest party.

The evening, however, was not just about Kumaraswamy taking oath. The event also marked the making of a ‘grand alliance’ comprising of the regional parties, who came together despite their differences, in Bengaluru.

As announced, only Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara took oath on Wednesday. The decision on the other portfolios berths will be taken following a meeting on Wednesday.

Even as a regional party leader took oath to the office of Chief Minister, Karnataka’s Vidhan Soudha saw the reunion of regional party leaders from across the country. The long and high-profile guest list included West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan.

However, on Ambedkar Vedike, the road leading to the Vidhan Soudha, only a handful of the Congress workers were seen in the sea of JD(S) workers, who had come to witness their leader take oath from the different parts of the state.

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Even though Bengaluru saw heavy thunder and rain ahead of the swearing in, the event saw large numbers of supporters pour in. At one point, even the convoy of Chief Minister was stuck in a traffic jam caused by the heavy rain.

Kumaraswamy is expected to take office following religious rituals by late evening. However, all eyes are now on the portfolio allocation. So far, only the name of the Speaker has been announced. Although Congress has been offered 22 ministerial posts, the decision on who will get what will be taken following joint meeting of both parties.

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