HD Kumaraswamy sworn in Karnataka CM at mega Opposition show of unity; G Parameshwara is his deputy [Photos]

Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala on a huge dais outside the majestic Vidhana Soudha

FP Staff May 23, 2018 20:34:23 IST
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as Karnataka chief minister at a grand ceremony attended by a galaxy of top leaders and regional satraps. The display of unity was perceived as a possible harbinger of a broad-based anti-BJP alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year. PTI
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JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as Karnataka chief minister at a grand ceremony attended by a galaxy of top leaders and regional satraps. The display of unity was perceived as a possible harbinger of a broad-based anti-BJP alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year. PTI
G Parameshwara, the state Congress chief and the party's Dalit face, was sworn in as Kumaraswamy's deputy. The ceremony was held outside the majestic Vidhana Soudha, the seat of power in Karnataka. PTI
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G Parameshwara, the state Congress chief and the party's Dalit face, was sworn in as Kumaraswamy's deputy. The ceremony was held outside the majestic Vidhana Soudha, the seat of power in Karnataka. PTI
Disparate in ideology but united in the intent of dislodging the BJP-led NDA from power, a bevy of leaders, from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to NCP's Sharad Pawar, and two former UP chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati attended the event. PTI
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Disparate in ideology but united in the intent of dislodging the BJP-led NDA from power, a bevy of leaders, from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to NCP's Sharad Pawar, and two former UP chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati attended the event. PTI
The event facilitated several rare moments in Indian polity. Sonia Gandhi was seen hugging Mayawati, while the BSP supremo in turn was seen engaged in a conversation with her stark enemy until recently, Akhilesh Yadav. From West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her arch rival CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury were also photographed in a single frame. PTI
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The event facilitated several rare moments in Indian polity. Sonia Gandhi was seen hugging Mayawati, while the BSP supremo in turn was seen engaged in a conversation with her stark enemy until recently, Akhilesh Yadav. From West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her arch rival CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury were also photographed in a single frame. PTI
The event also became a platform to forge new acquaintances. Sonia and Rahul were introduced to actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan. Twitter @INC_India
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The event also became a platform to forge new acquaintances. Sonia and Rahul were introduced to actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan. Twitter @INC_India
At least 20,000 people thronged outside Vidhana Soudha, despite heavy rains, to witness the swearing-in ceremony. The first time the ceremony was held in the Vidhana Soudha was in 1983 when Ramakrishna Hegde was sworn in as the chief minister. PTI
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At least 20,000 people thronged outside Vidhana Soudha, despite heavy rains, to witness the swearing-in ceremony. The first time the ceremony was held in the Vidhana Soudha was in 1983 when Ramakrishna Hegde was sworn in as the chief minister. PTI
Akhilesh Yadav and JD (S) supremo Deve Gowda hugged during the ceremony. Deve Gowda had kept himself confined to state politics after his short stint as prime minister. Now that his party is in power, Gowda is likely to play more active role in national politics. PTI
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Akhilesh Yadav and JD (S) supremo Deve Gowda hugged during the ceremony. Deve Gowda had kept himself confined to state politics after his short stint as prime minister. Now that his party is in power, Gowda is likely to play more active role in national politics. PTI
As Congress extended party support to JD(S) to form government in Karnataka, former chief minister Siddaramaiah attended the swearing-in ceremony to support Kumaraswamy. PTI
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As Congress extended party support to JD(S) to form government in Karnataka, former chief minister Siddaramaiah attended the swearing-in ceremony to support Kumaraswamy. PTI
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala greeted Kumaraswamy. The excitement was most shrill among the supporters of “Kumaranna” who shouted slogans of “Kumaranna ki jai”, which was followed by bursting of crackers, singing and dancing to drumbeats. PTI
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Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala greeted Kumaraswamy. The excitement was most shrill among the supporters of “Kumaranna” who shouted slogans of “Kumaranna ki jai”, which was followed by bursting of crackers, singing and dancing to drumbeats. PTI
Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony saw the unlikeliest of political bigwigs come together. Hugs and handshakes between the united Opposition had set the tone for the evening. PTI
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Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony saw the unlikeliest of political bigwigs come together. Hugs and handshakes between the united Opposition had set the tone for the evening. PTI