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Siddaramaiah Sworn in as Karnataka State Chief for 2nd Time, Shivakumar as Deputy CM

© AP Photo / Kashif MasoodChief Minister of Karnataka state K. Siddaramaiah
Chief Minister of Karnataka state K. Siddaramaiah - Sputnik India, 1920, 20.05.2023
Congress emerged victorious in the recent Karnataka state polls, winning 135 of 224 seats.
President of the Congress party local branch, 75-year-old Siddaramaiah was sworn in on Saturday as state chief of Karnataka for the second time, along with D.K. Shivakumar as deputy state chief and eight other lawmakers.
The oath ceremony was attended by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, and the heads of Congress-governed states — Bhupesh Baghel (Chattisgarh), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), and Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu (Himachal Pradesh).
Speaking to people, Congress chief Kharge and Rahul Gandhi said that all five promises made by their party in its poll campaign would become law in the first Cabinet meeting, scheduled to be held on Saturday evening.
The five promises include free power, money for women household heads, free rice, financial support for unemployed graduates and diploma holders, and free travel for women on public transport.
Many of the country's opposition leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy state chief Tejashwi Yadav, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. K. Stalin, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Communist Party of India (Marxism) leader Sitaram Yechury, and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan, also attended the ceremony.
Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru city, the same venue where Siddaramaiah took oath as state chief in 2013.
The decision to appoint Siddaramaiah as state chief comes after four days of meetings in New Delhi among senior party members, as Siddaramaiah as well as Shivakumar sought the state chief post. While Siddaramaiah is a politician from a lower class with over five decades of political experience and thus popular among the masses, Shivakumar, hails from the Vokkaliga community (one of the largest communities in the state) and is seen as the architect behind the victory of Congress in Karnataka.