Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

HD Kumaraswamy Becomes Karnataka Chief Minister For Second Time

HD Kumaraswamy Becomes Karnataka Chief Minister For Second Time

JD (S)'s HD Kumaraswamy took oath as the chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday after a dramatic week following a hung assembly in the state, without any party getting past the half-way mark.

Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony was attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders coming together in a show of unity against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Notable opposition leaders present at the Vidhan Soudha were Congress' Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s Sitaram Yechury, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Nationalist Congress Party's Sharad Pawar.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath to Kumaraswamy and Parameshwara at a gala ceremony held outside the state assembly. Congress' G Parameshwara was also sworn in as deputy chief minister.

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.

After the hung Assembly in the 2004 elections, the Congress and JD-S made a decision to come together and form a government under the Congress leader Dharam Singh. 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.

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The BJP, with its 104 MLAs, would be a formidable opposition and would do everything to keep the government on its toes.

Kumaraswamy, who grew up in a political environment, entered electoral politics by contesting the Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat in 1996 and won. He took up film-making and distribution and produced several successful Kannada films, including the recently released "Jaguar", starring his son Nikhil Gowda.

He lost both the parliamentary and assembly elections thereafter.

This has been for the first time when Karnataka had witnessed three chief ministers in a month.

Kumaraswamy's outreach to rural folk with "gram vastavya" project under which he stayed in villages to understand their problems earned him popularity, but he also faced corruption taint in an alleged mining scam.

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