Kumaraswamy sworn in as CM

Kumaraswamy sworn in as CM

 Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and others during the swearing-in ceremony, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday. PTI Photo

It was a coming together of not just the regional leaders but also their fans in Karnataka who stood with Congress and JD(S) supporters to witness the swearing-in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy as chief minister and G Parameshwara as his deputy.

Many wanted to see third front leaders such as BSP’s Mayawati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and RJD’s Tejaswi Yadav. As each leader waved their hands, the crowd responded with loud cheers. Many shouted ‘Didi’, ‘Didi’ or ‘namma akka’ to Mamata as well as Mayawati. Many in the crowds were farmers who enthusiastically discussed the recent politics.

Krishnegowda, a farmer from Mysuru, appreciated the work of JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy in bringing all the third front leaders together and inviting them personally. He said the event has upheld the pride of Kannadigas.

When an LED screen showed former CM Siddaramaiah, who did not seem happy, JD(S) workers were seen pointing fingers at it and making comments.

Some of them even shouted, “You said Kumaraswamy will never become a chief minister.”
A physically challenged man crawled out from the middle of the swarming crowd holding a plastic cover in his teeth. The crowd made path for him. Krishna from Ramanagara had come in a bus to see Kumaraswamy taking oath. “I live a dignified life in Ramanagara because of Kumaraswamy,” he said.

Thousands of people recorded videos of the ceremony or took photos or selifes on their smartphone. Despite being drenched in the rain, many were happy to be part of the event and appreciated the arrangements. There seemed no limit for their familiarity with technology as many in the crowd, most of them villagers, shared videos and photos through apps.

When Parameshwara came to take oath as deputy chief minister, Shankaralingiah from Hassan said, “Come, come take oath. You have been sidelined in the Congress and now you get your chance.”