Kumaraswamy takes oath as K’taka CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 May 2018 08:32:30



Cong’s Parameshwara takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister

JANATA Dal-Secular JD(S) legislative party leader H D Kumaraswamy was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of a Janata Dal-Secular-Congress coalition Government in Karnataka.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered oath of office to Kumaraswamy, the State’s 25th Chief Minister, at 4.30 pm on the grand steps of the State Secretariat in the presence of national and regional leaders from across the country. Parameshwara of the Congress took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Attired in a ‘dhoti’ and white shirt, Kumaraswamy took the oath in the name of God and “Kannada Nadu”, as hundreds of his supporters cheered loudly.

In a House of 222, the Congress with 78 members stitched a post poll coalition with JD(S) (37) to keep the BJP out. The coalition also has the support of a BSP MLA, an Independent MLA and a legislator from a local party. Kumaraswamy first became Chief Minister with BJP’s support in 2006. He has become the 25th Chief Minister of the State.

Kumaraswamy will expand his council of ministers after the trust vote on Friday which he is expected to win without any hiccups. The Congress, which has 78 MLAs, is likely to get 20 ministerial berths and the JD(S) with 37 lawmakers 12.

A galaxy of national and regional leaders and Chief Ministers of some non-BJP States from across the country were present on the occasion.
Among the prominent political leaders present on the huge dais were UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, expelled Janata Dal-United President Sharad Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. Chief Ministers Mamata Bannerjee (West Bengal), N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala) were also present at the 10-minute swearing-in ceremony.

Thousands of JD(S) and Congress cadres and supporters from across the State, especially the Mysuru region thronged the venue braving the rain. Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy offered prayers to Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari at a hill temple. “Kumaraswamy flew into the city in a chopper from Bengaluru and drove up to the hill with wife Anita for Chamundeshwari’s blessings before taking oath as Chief Minster in the evening,” a party official told IANS.

Clad in ivory colour silk robes, Kumaraswamy entered the sanctum sanctorum barefoot with wife and invoked the family deity’s blessings amid chanting of Vedic hymns and temple rituals. The 58-year-old leader has been on a temple-hopping spree since Sunday after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited him on May 19 to form a JD-S-Congress coalition Government following the fall of the three-day BJP Government for want of a simple majority in a hung House.

“He returns to Bengaluru post-noon via Ramanagaram where he will stop over to visit the same goddess temple for her blessings,” the official said.

After a round of temples in Bengaluru on Sunday, Kumaraswamy went to his home district of Hassan, about 180 km south-west of the State capital, where he prayed at the Ranganatha Swamy and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temples. The third son of former Prime Minister and JD-S supremo H D Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy won from Ramanagaram and Channapatna segments in the May 12 Assembly election, about 30-40 km from Bengaluru. The JD(S) leader also visited his parents’ house in Bengaluru south and took the blessings of Gowda and mother Chennamma for becoming CM for a second time.

PM congratulates Kumaraswamy: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated H D Kumaraswamy on taking oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister and extended his best wishes on his new assignment.

“I congratulate Shri @hd_kumaraswamy Ji and @DrParameshwara ji on taking oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. My best wishes
for their tenure ahead,” he tweeted. Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as the Karnataka Chief Minister at the head of a JD(S)-Congress coalition Government. The show of strength by a galaxy of national leaders and regional satraps at the ceremony is being seen as a strong signal to the BJP about the possibility of formation of a broad-based front to take on the NDA in the Lok Sabha polls next year.


There would be limitations in a coalition Govt: Kumaraswamy


AHEAD of taking oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that there would be certain limitations in a coalition Government and he would have to take the consent of his coalition partner, the Congress.The JD(S) leader reiterated that he would waive farm loans after improving the State’s economy.

Speaking to reporters at Mysuru after worshipping Goddess Chamundeshwari on the Chamunda Hill, he said, “I have limitations as a head of the coalition Government. I have to take our coalition partners into confidence.”

“They (Congress) too have their own programmes in their manifesto. We have to compile the manifesto of two parties and after improving the economy of the State, we will waive farm loans. There is no question of my backtracking,” he added.