Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala administers the oath of office to HD Kumaraswamy in front of the Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Photo: PTI
Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala administers the oath of office to HD Kumaraswamy in front of the Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Karnataka highlights: H.D. Kumaraswamy sworn in as chief minister

H.D. Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the 24th chief minister of Karnataka in Bengaluru today at 4.30pm. Here are the latest updates and developments

NEW DELHI : New Delhi/Bengaluru: Karnataka got its 24th chief minister in H.D. Kumaraswamy today after last week’s political developments that ensured the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) combine thwarted the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) attempt to form the government in the crucial southern state.Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office to Kumaraswamy at 4.30pm in front of the Vidhana Soudha in a swearing-in ceremony that is being attended by a number of opposition leaders. The development in Karnataka could give shape to a broad-based anti-BJP, anti-Narendra Modi platform at the national level before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Here are the major developments and updates from Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru today:

23 May 2018, 04:57:00 PM IST

Congress, opposition leaders join Kumaraswamy swearing-in

23 May 2018, 04:54:00 PM IST

Kumaraswamy entered politics in 1996, winning Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat

Kumaraswamy entered electoral politics by contesting the Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat in 1996 and won. He subsequently lost both parliamentary and assembly elections. He got elected to the assembly for the first time in 2004, when the JD(S) joined the coalition government headed by Congress’s Dharm Singh after the elections threw up a hung House. In 2006, he rebelled and walked out of the coalition with 42 MLAs against the wish of his father, citing threat to the party, and formed the government with the BJP, becoming the chief minister during his very first term as MLA. Under a rotational chief ministership arrangement, he helmed the state for 20 months. When the BJP’s turn for chief ministership came, he reneged on the arrangement, and brought down the Yeddyurappa government within seven days. In the election that followed in 2008, the BJP formed its government in Karnataka, its first south of the Vindhyas. (PTI)

23 May 2018, 04:49:00 PM IST

Kumaraswamy’s first love was films

“I will be the king and not the kingmaker,” H. D. Kumaraswamy had said in the run up to the Karnataka polls. His words proved prophetic as the 58-year-old Vokkaliga leader today wore the crown despite his JD(S) finishing a poor third in the electoral battlefield. On the margins of Karnataka politics for a decade, Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister H. D. Deve Gowda, was widely tipped to play a supporting role in government formation, but nobody gave him even an outside chance of landing the chief minister’s chair.Seen as an “accidental politician”, Kumaraswamy’s first love was films. A fan of Kannada thespian Dr Rajkumar, he was attracted to cinema since his college days. He took up film- making and distribution, and produced several successful Kannada films,including the recently released “Jaguar”, starring his son Nikhil Gowda.(PTI)

23 May 2018, 04:46:00 PM IST

Mamata, Naidu pitch for all regional parties to band together

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu today pitched for all regional parties to come together for development of a federal setup in the country. Both Banerjee and Naidu said they were happy that the leader of a regional party was assuming office and they were here to express their solidarity with the JDS. “We will keep in touch with all the regional parties so that we can work for the development of the nation, development of the people and development of the federal set-up also,” the West Bengal chief minister added. On his part, Naidu expressed happiness about a leader of a regional party taking over as the chief minister of Karnataka. “I met Mamata ji and we all have come here to witness the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy. He is from a regional party and we are very happy that he has become the Chief Minister of Karnataka,” he said.

23 May 2018, 04:42:00 PM IST

Congress’ G Parameshwara takes oath as deputy CM

23 May 2018, 04:34:00 PM IST

HD Kumaraswamy takes oath as chief minister of Karnataka

23 May 2018, 04:22:00 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi meets Mayawati at Vidhana Soudha, other opposition leaders also present

23 May 2018, 04:11:00 PM IST

Naveen Patnaik not attending Kumaraswamy swearing in

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik would not attend the swearing-in of HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru today, a BJD leader said stressing that the party chief did not attend any such functions. BJD general secretary Arun Kumar Sahoo said the party maintained an equal distance from both the Congress and the BJP. “Therefore, it is obvious that the BJD, a purely regional outfit, has nothing to do with the national parties like the Congress and the BJP,” he said. On Patnaik not attending the event, Sahoo said, “For the last 18 years, the chief minister has not attended the swearing in ceremony in any other state. He is also busy with the second phase of ‘Save Mahanadi’ campaign launched by the BJD as well as the state government’s Ama Gaon Ama Bikas programme.” (PTI)

23 May 2018, 03:52:00 PM IST

Visuals from Vidhana Soudha ahead of Kumaraswamy swearing-in at 4.30pm

23 May 2018, 03:24:00 PM IST

Opposition leaders meet in Bengaluru ahead of Kumaraswamy swearing-in

23 May 2018, 02:58:00 PM IST

No CM aspirations, we are together, says Congress’ DK Shivakumar

23 May 2018, 02:21:00 PM IST

Yechury, Pawar, Akhilesh Yadav reach Bengaluru to join Kumaraswamy swearing-in

23 May 2018, 01:44:00 PM IST

Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee reach Bengaluru ahead of Kumaraswamy swearing-in today

23 May 2018, 01:14:00 PM IST

BJP to Boycott JD(S)-Congress Swearing-In, to hold protests across Karnataka

The BJP will protest across Karnataka on Wednesday, against the formation of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, according to a News Minute report. The BJP is calling the day as ‘Anti-People’s Mandate Day’. Joining the protest in state capital Bengaluru, BJP leader and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa also said that the coalition of the two parties won’t last more than three months. “Hunger, greed and power is the basis of the JD(S)-Congress alliance, such alliance will not even last three months,” the quint quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.

23 May 2018, 12:22:00 PM IST

Karnataka portfolio distribution after Thursday’s floor test

All eyes are now set on how the portfolio distribution takes place. However, the decision on the rest of the ministries and portfolios will be taken after the floor test, which is likely to take place on Thursday. Both the parties had officially dispelled reports of discord between its leaders over issues like portfolio distribution. The coalition is also forming a coordination committee to facilitate the smooth functioning of the government.

23 May 2018, 11:49:00 AM IST

Shiv Sena was invited for Kumaraswamy swearing-in, says Sanjay Raut

23 May 2018, 11:24:00 AM IST

All promises made in manifesto will be implemented, says Kumaraswamy

23 May 2018, 11:18:00 AM IST

Many opposition leaders expected to attend swearing-in ceremony

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, N. Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal and Pinarayi Vijayan, her counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala respectively, are among those likely to be present. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, one of the most vocal votaries of an anti-BJP alliance, Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah are also expected. BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who have formed an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, would also attend the ceremony.

23 May 2018, 11:14:00 AM IST

Karnataka deputy CM designate G Parameshwara reacts ahead of swearing in today

23 May 2018, 11:08:00 AM IST

Kumaraswamy swearing-in to turn into mega anti-BJP show

Karnataka is likely to become the epicentre of opposition politics, with several stalwarts opposed to the ruling BJP expected to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of chief minister-designate H. D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday. Read more

23 May 2018, 11:04:00 AM IST

Congress leader G. Parameshwara to be sworn-in as deputy CM

Karnataka Congress president G. Parameshwara will be sworn-in as the deputy chief minister, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state K. C. Venugopal said. Congress’s Ramesh Kumar, a former minister, will be the next Assembly speaker, while the deputy speaker’s post will go to the JD(S). The Congress would have 22 ministers and JD(S) 12, he said, adding that they would be sworn-in after the floor test slated for Friday. Read more

23 May 2018, 11:01:00 AM IST

HD Kumaraswamy to take oath as chief minister of Karnataka today

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