Narendra Modi wishes CM Kumaraswamy and deputy G Parameshwara for their tenure

  • Narendra Modi wishes CM Kumaraswamy and deputy G Parameshwara for their tenure

Narendra Modi wishes CM Kumaraswamy and deputy G Parameshwara for their tenure

After swearing in as Karnataka's 24th chief minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy assured that their coalition government - Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) - will run better than any one-party government.

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.

The highlight of Kumaraswamy's swearing-in was the presence of India's biggest political names including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and other big names from India's political arena.

Kumaraswamy, whose party JD (S) formed an alliance government in the state with the Congress, took the oath administered by Governor Vajubhai Vala. Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.

As Kumaraswamy begins his second innings as chief minister, experts are already talking about the fault lines between the coalition partners - JD (S) and Congress. Outgoing Siddaramaiah, Yeddyurappa who had to resign after BJP failed to prove the majority on the floor of the House and now Kumaraswamy who has taken the oath of the office today and will face the floor test on Thursday.

Kumaraswamy had conceded yesterday that running the coalition government for the next five years would be a "big challenge" for him. He was into film-making and distribution and produced several successful Kannada films.

Kumaraswamy, who grew up in a political environment, entered electoral politics by contesting the Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat in 1996 and won.

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

Under a rotational chief ministership arrangement, he helmed the state for 20 months.