Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and Congress Karnataka state president G Parameshwara took oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister of Karnataka respectively.
As per reports of formula arrived for Karnataka power sharing, the Congress is to get 22 seats while JD(S) will have 12 including that of CM.
The berths will be decided following the floor test, Congress leaders have said.
However, one of the most unique fact was that the swearing-in ceremony is also being seen as a show of Opposition strength and unity.
The list of powerful regional leaders who were present in the ceremony included Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BSP chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former party president Sonia Gandhi in attendance.
The absence of the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) was noticed though.
It is also said that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackrey too did not make it to the ceremony.
The 58-year-old Kumaraswamy admitted on Tuesday that running the coalition government will be a “big challenge”.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury met ahead of attending Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony.
Meanwhile brushing aside any dissent or unhappiness, Congress’ DK Shivakumar said that none are displeased and added that this is the time for celebrations.>