Karnataka swearing-in ceremony updates | Siddaramaiah sworn in as Chief Minister, D.K. Shivakumar his Deputy

Congress leader Siddaramaiah was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, with D.K. Shivakumar taking oath as his Deputy, in the presence of top Opposition leaders

May 20, 2023 10:59 am | Updated 03:51 pm IST

Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and D.K. Shivakaumar display a show of unity during the swearing-in ceremony at Kanteerava stadium in Benglauru, Karnataka on May 20, 2023.

Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and D.K. Shivakaumar display a show of unity during the swearing-in ceremony at Kanteerava stadium in Benglauru, Karnataka on May 20, 2023. | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

Congress leader Siddaramaiah was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the second time on May 20 after the party’s thumping victory in the Assembly elections. D.K. Shivakumar was sworn in as the sole Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.

The top brass of the Congress party, including the Gandhi family members — Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, party’s national president Mallikarjun Kharge were present on the occasion. The Chief Ministers of the Congress-ruled States, including Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, attended the event.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Kharge and Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah took to the stage to individually address the crowd gathered at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Mr. Siddaramaiah reiterated the five guarantees promised by the Congress during the elections, and promised to fulfil them all.

Watch our exclusive interview with Siddaramaiah during the campaign trail.

A total of eight Congress MLAs were sworn in as Ministers in the Karnataka Cabinet during the oath-taking ceremony. Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office and secrecy to the MLAs at the swearing-in ceremony held at the jam-packed Kanteerava Stadium. Mr. Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge, party’s MLAs G. Parameshwara and M.B. Patil were among the eight MLAs. The other MLAs who took oath included K.H. Muniyappa, K.J. George, Satish Jarkiholi, Ramalinga Reddy and B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan.

Here are the latest updates from the event:

  • May 20, 2023 15:05
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Siddaramaiah, D.K. Shivakumar
  • May 20, 2023 13:43
    CM Siddaramaiah addresses the crowd

    Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addresses the gathering. Photo: Screengrab via YouTube/INC

    Addressing the gathering, CM Siddaramaiah thanks all the VIPs who came to Bengaluru for the oath-taking ceremony.

    He reiterates the 5 guarantees promised by the Congress during the elections, and promises to fulfil every one of the promises.

    A decision on implementing the promises immediately will be taken at the first meeting of the Cabinet, which will take place later today, he said.

    What are Congress’ five key poll promises?​ Read here

  • May 20, 2023 13:41
    AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge thanks the people of Karnataka for their mandate and promises to fulfil the guarantees promised by Congress.

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  • May 20, 2023 13:34
    “Nafrat ko mitaya, Mohabbat jeeti,” says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after the swearing-in ceremony


    “After Congress’s victory, many things were written as to how Congress won this election, different analyses were done but I want to say that Congress won because we stood with the poor, Dalits, and Adivasis, backwards. We had truth, poor people. BJP had money, police and everything but the people of Karnataka defeated all their powers,” said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru.

  • May 20, 2023 13:18
    B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan takes oath in English in the name of Allah and his mother

    Videograb: facebook.com/IndianNationalCongress

    Incumbent MLA from Chamarajpet, B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan, registered his fifth victory in the 2023 Karnataka Elections, successfully fending off a new challenger former top cop Bhaskar Rao from the BJP by 53,953 votes. Last year, this constituency was in the news for the Idgah maidan controversy.

    Mr. Khan has continued to maintain the Chamarajpet Assembly constituency as his stronghold. He won three times as a Janata Dal (Secular) candidate (the first time in a bye-election), in 2018 and 2023, he won from the Congress.

    Mr. Khan was swift in declaring his allegiance to the incoming Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. In December last year. he went as far as to say that he will “sacrifice his constituency” Chamarajapet for him.

  • May 20, 2023 13:16
    Ramalinga Reddy, who represents BTM Layout constituency in Bengaluru, takes oath

    Videograb: facebook.com/IndianNationalCongress

    One of Bengaluru city’s senior Congress leaders, seven-time MLA and four-time Minister, Ramalinga Reddy is considered the “face of the Congress” in the city. He has served as Minister in the cabinets of M. Veerappa Moily, S.M. Krishna, N. Dharam Singh and Siddaramaiah.

    Mr. Reddy won this year’s election from the BTM Layout constituency. He now has eight record wins - he has been undefeated since 1989 from Jayanagar and BTM Layout. In an interview to the The Hindu, Mr. Reddy had cited Bengaluru’s identity as a cosmopolitan city, as a reason behind his faith in Congress’ victory “BJP’s caste, religion, politics and money will not work here,” he had said.

    Mr. Reddy’s name has also been doing the rounds for the plum portfolio as the Bengaluru Development Minister. He had previously held this position.

    Read our interview with Ramalinga Reddy here

  • May 20, 2023 13:09
    Chittapur MLA Priyank Kharge, son of the Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, sworn in as Minister

    Priyank Kharge won Chittapur constituency by a margin of 13,638 votes, recording his third consecutive victory from the seat.

    Priyank Kharge bagged 81,088 votes against 67,450 polled by his BJP rival Manikanta Rathod. The Congress president’s son bettered his victory margin this time compared to the 2018 Assembly election when he defeated the BJP’s Valmik Naik by 4,393 votes.

    Priyank Kharge’s BJP rival this time Manikanta Rathod has over 30 criminal cases against his name in five districts, including Kalaburagi and Yadgir. He was also arrested in 2022 after he threatened to shoot Priyank Kharge.

  • May 20, 2023 13:08
    Satish Jarkiholi, who represents Yemakanmardi constituency in Belagavi district, takes oath in the name of Buddha

    Incumbent MLA from the Yemkanmardi constituency, Satish Jarkiholi has won four consecutive elections from the constituency. Mr. Jarkiholi beat Basavaraj Hundri, the BJP candidate, by over 55,000 votes.

    Mr. Jarkiholi’s family has become one of the biggest sugar and molasses-producing families in north Karnataka. The family has also maintained a near monopoly on the politics in the taluk. Four of the brothers are in public life. MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi and Balachandra Jarkiholi are in the BJP, MLA Satish Jarkiholi is in the Congress, and the younger sibling Lakhan Jarkiholi is an unattached member in the Legislative Council.

    Upon his victory, Mr. Jarkiholi had told journalists in Bengaluru that he was not very keen on the Deputy Chief Minister post. “I want to accept the responsibility of a Ministry and work responsibly. That will benefit the people of the State.”

  • May 20, 2023 13:06
    North Karnataka MLA M.B. Patil takes oath

    Videograb: facebook.com/IndianNationalCongress

    A Lingayat, Mr. Patil represents the Babaleshwar constituency in Bijapur district.

    Mr. Patil is the chairman of Bijapur Lingayat District Educational Association Society that runs medical, engineering and other colleges. He is a five-time MLA and a former Lok Sabha member. An engineering graduate, he has worked as Home Minister and Irrigation Minister in the past.

  • May 20, 2023 13:00
    K.J. George, who has served as Minister in all Congress Governments since 1990, takes oath

    Videograb: facebook.com/IndianNationalCongress

    Mr. George, a Malayali in the Karnataka Assembly, has his roots at Chingavanam in Kottayam district. A senior leader of the Congress in Karnataka, Mr. George has been representing the party in the Assembly for the sixth time. He was a Minister under Siddaramaiah, managing portfolios such as Home and Bengaluru Development and Town Planning.

  • May 20, 2023 12:56
    K.H. Muniyappa sworn in as Minister in Karnataka Cabinet

    Videograb: facebook.com/IndianNationalCongress

    K.H. Muniyappa, Congress leader and former Union Minister, was a Lok Sabha member for nearly three decades. Mr. Muniyappa represented Kolar constituency in the Lok Sabha since 1991 before he lost the parliamentary elections in 2019. He won from the Devanhalli Assembly constituency in Karnataka by a margin of over 4,000 votes in the recently concluded Karnataka elections.

  • May 20, 2023 12:54
    G. Parameshwara takes oath as Minister in Karnataka Cabinet

    Videograb: facebook.com/IndianNationalCongress

    Mr. Parameshwara, who was the Deputy CM in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in 2018-19, had also thrown his hat in the ring for the race for CM’s post. Amid reports of him being upset over the denial of the Deputy Chief Ministerial post, Karnataka Congress MLA G. Parameshwara had said that it is time to forget the “individual aspirations” as the “party is supreme” for him. He had further said that there is a need to “look forward” with the 2024 Lok Sabha elections coming.

  • May 20, 2023 12:49
    KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.

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    Mr. Shivakumar took the oath in the name of his local diety Gangadhara Ajjaiah.

  • May 20, 2023 12:47
    Governor congratulates Siddaramaiah on becoming the new Karnataka CM.

    Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot congratulates after administering the oath of office to Siddaramaiah as the Karnataka's Chief Minister, at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Saturday, May 20, 2023.

  • May 20, 2023 12:44
    Siddaramaiah takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister

  • May 20, 2023 12:41
    Siddaramaiah arrives on stage to take the oath of office.

    Siddaramaiah takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister.

  • May 20, 2023 12:41
    With the arrival of the Governor, officials begin the ceremony of administering the oath of office to the new government. The ceremony starts with a rendition of the national anthem.
  • May 20, 2023 12:38
    Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot arrives to administer the oath of office to the new government.
  • May 20, 2023 12:38
    Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge greets the crowd, along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.
  • May 20, 2023 12:35
    Siddaramaiah greets senior MLAs, including 8 MLAs who will take oath as Ministers today.
  • May 20, 2023 12:34
    Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is Congress general secretary in charge of the Congress in Karnataka, and his senior colleague K.C. Venugopal are also present on stage.
  • May 20, 2023 12:33
    Karnataka CM-designate Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM-designate D.K. Shivakumar display a show of unity with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

    Photo Credit: Twitter/@INCKarnataka

  • May 20, 2023 12:31
    Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and Kannada film actor Shiva Rajkumar attend the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected Karnataka Government.
  • May 20, 2023 12:30
    Top Opposition leaders share stage during swearing-in ceremony

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Tamil Nadu CM M.K. Stalin, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), former J&K CM and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah being welcomed on stage by KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar.

  • May 20, 2023 12:22
    Parameshwara, M.B. Patil and Priyank Kharge among 8 Congress MLAs to take oath as Karnataka Ministers shortly | Watch LIVE here
  • May 20, 2023 12:19
    PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti attends the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected Karnataka Government in Bengaluru.


  • May 20, 2023 12:18
    Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony, Karnataka Congress tweets videos on Siddaramaiah and D.K. Shivakumar
  • May 20, 2023 12:00
    Congress MLA Priyank Kharge, Dr. G. Parameshwara and D.K. Suresh - party MP and brother of Deputy-CM designate D.K. Shivakumar at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.
  • May 20, 2023 11:53
    Karnataka Deputy CM-designate D.K. Shivakumar arrives at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru where the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected Karnataka Government will begin shortly.


  • May 20, 2023 11:48
    A dream come true for Siddaramaiah as he gets picked for a second term as Karnataka’s Chief Minister

    The elevation of 75-year-old Siddaramaiah as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, prior to him being sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka, is a dream come true for the veteran politician who had set his eyes on the coveted position for a second term, after a gap of five years. This comes after a bitter contestation for the top post between him and KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar.

    Read The Hindu’s profile on him here

  • May 20, 2023 11:46
    We believe the five ‘guarantees’ promised will be unconditionally implemented unlike your lies in Himachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh & Rajasthan: Karnataka BJP ahead of the swearing-in ceremony
  • May 20, 2023 11:43
    D.K. Shivakumar receives Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at the airport, welcoming them for the oath taking ceremony.
  • May 20, 2023 11:41
    Karnataka CM-designate Siddaramaiah leaves his residence in Bengaluru for Sree Kanteerava Stadium.


  • May 20, 2023 11:40
    D.K. Shivakumar | ‘Rock of Kanakapura’ all set to begin new innings

    After four-days of hectic parleys in the national capital, the eight-time MLA and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D.K. Shivakumar, has reluctantly accepted the post of the Deputy Chief Minister, at the instance of former AICC president Sonia Gandhi. He will also continue as the president of the KPCC until the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

    Read The Hindu’s profile on him here

  • May 20, 2023 11:37
    A proud moment for Siddaramanahundi

    People in Siddaramanahundi checking their mobile for news about Siddaramaiah’s appointment as CLP leader.

    The people of Siddaramanahundi village, about 22 km from Mysuru city, are jubilant over 75-year-old Siddaramaiah becoming the Chief Minister for the second time, after a gap of 10 years.

    Read the full story here

  • May 20, 2023 11:27
    8 Congress MLAs to take oath as Ministers. Who are they?

    According to a letter to the Governor by the Karnataka Congress Legislative Party dated May 20, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge, party’s MLAs G. Parameshwara, M.B. Patil, 7-time MP K.H. Muniyappa, K.J. George, Satish Jarkiholi, Ramalinga Reddy and B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan will be sworn in as Ministers in the State Cabinet during the oath-taking ceremony in Karnataka.

  • May 20, 2023 11:24
    Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge reaches Bengaluru to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Karnataka Cabinet.


  • May 20, 2023 11:23
    Siddaramaiah’s supporters seen at the Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium, in Bengaluru, ahead of the oath-taking ceremony. Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

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  • May 20, 2023 11:14
    Congress likely to announce implementation of ‘guarantees’ in its first Cabinet meeting today

    The Congress, which will form the Karnataka government on Saturday, will in all likelihood announce the implementation of the five “guarantees” it had promised to voters in its poll manifesto, in its first Cabinet meeting.

    ​​​Read the full story here​​​

  • May 20, 2023 11:08
    Many top Opposition leaders to share stage during Siddaramaiah’s swearing-in ceremony


    Several prominent opposition leaders and Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister and D.K. Shivakumar as the Deputy Chief Minister in Bengaluru on Saturday as the grand old party seeks to promote Opposition unity ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

    Prominent among those who will be the star attractions of the event are Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Tamil Nadu CM M.K. Stalin, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and former Jammu & Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah, the sources said.

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, would be conspicuous by her absence at the event at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.


  • May 20, 2023 11:06
    Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrive at Bengaluru Airport.
  • May 20, 2023 11:06
    Karnataka Deputy CM-elect D.K. Shivakumar reaches Bengaluru Airport to receive Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.


  • May 20, 2023 11:05
    Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar to be sworn in as Karnataka CM, Dy CM at 12:30 p.m.

    Setting rest to speculation partially, the Congress on Saturday morning released the list of 8 legislators who will be taking oath along with Congress Legislative Party Leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar on Saturday.

    ​​Read the full story here​​

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