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After Opposition Show Of Strength, Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy To Face Floor Test On Friday

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| May 24 , 2018 , 10:33 IST

JD(S)'s H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday took oath as the 24th Chief Minister of Karnataka, on behalf of the Congress-JD(S) alliance amidst a show of Opposition strength, and will be facing a floor test on Friday.

Although initial reports said that the floor test would happen a day after the swearing-in, Kumaraswamy speaking to media after the swearing-in said that the floor test would happen on Friday.  

"I will take the floor test on Friday to prove that our coalition government has a majority in the Assembly," Kumaraswamy said to reporters after taking oath as the Karnataka CM.

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Apart from Kumaraswamy, Congress leader G Parameshwara took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, but no other ministers of the Cabinet were sworn in.

The swearing-in was attended by several Opposition leaders, in an apparent show of strength against the BJP.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu,  Kerala CM Pinarai Vijayan, BSP Supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashvi Yadav, JMM leader Hemant Soren, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and RLD leader Ajit Singh were in attendance.

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The BJP marked the swearing-in day as 'Anti People's Mandate Day' since the BJP was the single largest party in Karnataka, but the government was being formed by the Congress-JD(S) post-poll alliance which had more than the majority number of seats.

Ahead of the oath-taking on Wednesday, Kumaraswamy admitted that there would be certain limitations in a coalition government.

"They (Congress) too have their own programmes in their manifesto. We have to compile the manifesto of two parties and after improving the economy of the state, we will waive farm loans. There is no question of my backtracking," said Kumaraswamy.

"I want to tell the people of the state not to give in to any fear. Give up your obsession for caste. I don't belong to one community but the 6.5 crore population of the state and I am only a public servant," Kumaraswamy added.