Several opposition leaders and chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states attended HD Kumaraswamy’s oath ceremony making it a grand event of opposition unity on a display. In terms of optics, it was a spectacle where even ideologically disparate parties in the opposition grouping took to the stage.
Congress’s president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief and former Union minister Sharad Pawar, BSP supremo Mayawati, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav attend his oath ceremony.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who had months away walked out of the BJP-led NDA fold, too was among the guests.
Meanwhile, DMK leader MK Stalin, who was also expected to be present in order to show the burgeoning opposition consolidation against the BJP, cancelled his Bengaluru visit as he headed to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, where ten people were killed in police firing.
It will be Kumaraswamy’s second term in office. He had earlier headed the JD(S)-BJP coalition government for 20 months, between February 2006 and October 2007.
Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala in front of the Vidhana Soudha.
Several opposition parties had thrown their weight behind the Congress-JDS combine at the time of power jostling last week. Some of the opposition leaders had even criticised the BJP for rushing its way to form the government in Karnataka, where the assembly polls threw a fractured mandate.