Siddaramaiah sworn in as Karnataka CM

K. Siddaramaiah, who led the Congress party to victory in the Assembly elections in Karnataka was sworn in as the 22nd Chief Minister on Monday. He was sworn in by Governor H R Bhardwaj at a ceremony at Sri Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore. Siddaramaiah was elected as the leader of Congress Legislature Party, at the meeting of the newly elected MLAs in Bangalore on Friday. Though Siddaramaiah was the front-runner for the coveted post his selection came only after AICC observers headed by Defence Minister AK Antony asking party legislators to express their choice in writting.
A lawyer-turned politician, Siddaramaiah had narrowly missed the Chief Minister's "gaddi" in 1996 after the incumbent H D Deve Gowda went on to become Prime Minister. Siddaramaiah, who hails from Kuruba community, the third largest in the state, was then pipped by J H Patel. Both under Deve Gowda and Patel, he served as Finance Minister. With Siddaramaiah all set to install his Cabinet next week, lobbying for ministerial berths has intensified. Senior party leaders including D K Shivakumar, R V Deshpande, Shamanur Shivashankarappa and T B Jayachandra are likely to get plum ministries in the Cabinet, party sources said.