Bengaluru, May 23: Despite being on the backfoot in wake of Modi wave, the opposition used Karnataka victory for Congress and JD(s) to flex their muscles and show opposition unity. Many non-BJP CMs and chiefs of regional parties attended HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in in a bid to challenge the BJP before the 2019 general elections. Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, CPM General Secy Sitaram Yechury, NCP chief Sharad Pawar,SP boss Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati were among the attendees. The way the opposition gelled together will surely give sleepless nights to the BJP.
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 the oath of office to Kumaraswamy, the state's 25th Chief Minister, at 4.30 p.m. 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.
Both the leaders took oath in Kannada in the name of god, farmers and the people of the southern state.
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.