Karnataka DyCM Parameshwara accuses BJP of EVM tampering

Congress supporters raise posters of party president Rahul Gandhi and JD chief HD Kumarswamy after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa announced his resignation in New Delhi May 19

Congress supporters raise posters of party president Rahul Gandhi and JD chief HD Kumarswamy after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa announced his resignation in New Delhi May 19

After playing a pivotal role in formation of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress government in Karnataka, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has started working on a strategy to play kingmaker in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh where assembly elections are due by the year-end, those familiar with the matter said.

Kumaraswamy was administered the oath of office and secrecy at 4.30 pm by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a grand ceremony in the presence of a galaxy of national and regional leaders from across the country.

While Union home minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Mr Kumaraswamy, the BJP said the coming together of the Opposition parties was a "celebration of corruption".

Parameshwara rebuffed the reports suggesting that he got the seat of the deputy chief minister because he is a dalit.

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly is scheduled to meet on May 25 for the floor test where Kumaraswamy will prove his majority.

Attired in the traditional white silk shirt and dhoti, Kumaraswamy took the oath in the name of God and the people of "Kannada Nadu". He further added that the BJP used him 12 years ago, and now the tables have been turned.

One man who cut a forlorn and rather subdued figure, however, was Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

As Kumaraswamy begins his second innings as chief minister, experts are already talking about the fault lines between the coalition partners - JD (S) and Congress. Soon after the event was over, the legislators were promptly bundled back into the buses. He had come on Tuesday and wished Kumaraswamy and Deve Gowda.

"The bonhomie between Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati in Bengaluru might pave the way for an alliance in three states as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha election". So, it was a pleasant sight to see arch rivals Mamata Banerjee and Sitaram Yechury shake hands, even if they studiously avoided each other thereafter. They greeted each other warmly, waved to the crowd and sat next to each other. Soon after the event, a high tea was organised for all the leaders at the banquet hall of Vidhana Soudha. The family, including Kumaraswamy's brothers and the younger generation comprising Prajwal Revanna and Nikhil Kumaraswamy.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Mamata Bannerjee and Sitaram Yechury were some of the leaders who graced the occasion. He said that his government will be "governance oriented" and will not indulge in politics. Elections to the two assembly seats will be held on May 28.

Unfazed by Yeddyurappa's unceremonious exit, the BJP on Thursday fielded its senior leader S Suresh Kumar, a fifth term MLA, for the post of the Speaker whose election will precede the trust vote.

This was a day filled with rhetoric and rare photo opportunities attempting to show that opposition leaders were united to challenge the BJP, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Sources said Banerjee had to walk a short distance to reach the oath-taking venue as some vehicles had blocked the route.

"Curious to see what follows", tweeted actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who was also on the crowded stage.

The Congress with 78 seats and JD (S) with 37 seats, and two Independent candidates formed a post-poll alliance with a total of 117 MLAs.

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