Siddaramaiah took oath as Karnataka Chief Minister in Bengaluru on Saturday. Congress’ Karnataka unit chief DK Shivakumar, who will take over as the deputy chief minister and eight other MLAs were also administered oath by Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot.
The ministers who were inducted into the Siddaramaiah Cabinet on Saturday were G Parameshwara, KH Muniyappa, KJ George, MB Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyank Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy and BZ Zameer Ahmed.
Besides top Congress leaders like party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, several Opposition leaders were also present at the swearing-in ceremony at Bengaluru’ Kanteerava Stadium. Chief ministers MK Stalin, Nitish Kumar, Hemant Soren and Bhupesh Baghel were among those who attended the event.
The Congress had won the Assembly elections in the southern state on May 13 by securing 135 out of the 224 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party was reduced to 66 seats. After five days of deliberations, the Congress, on Thursday, ended the deadlock between Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, who had emerged as the top two contenders for the chief minister’s post.
On Friday, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar met Gehlot to stake claim to form the Karnataka government.