Addressing a press conference here as chief minister, Kumaraswamy said, "This coalition government (Congress-JD (S)) will run better than anyone party government and we will concentrate on working for the public". His words proved prophetic as the 58-year-old Vokkaliga leader today wore the crown despite his Janata Dal (Secular), or JD (S), finishing third in Karnataka elections.
Though the Congress and JD (S) had the numbers to form government (78 and 37 respectively), the Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala had invited the BJP to form a government in the state.
Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.
The Congress and JD (S) combine have also finalised that KR Ramesh Kumar, the former Minister for Health in the Congress government, would be the Speaker.
Other members of the council of ministers will be inducted after the Kumaraswamy government wins the trust vote on Friday.
The highlight of Kumaraswamy's swearing-in was the presence of India's biggest political names including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and other big names from India's political arena.
The Congress emerged as the second largest party and declared an alliance with Janata Dal (S) - together they had enough seats to give their coalition a majority in the new assembly. The combine has 117 MLAs against BJP's 104. He said the unprecedented show of strength at the swearing in ceremony with a galaxy of leaders only indicated that the opposition parties have united. The saffron party, which dubbed the Congress-JD (S) alliance as "unholy", boycotted the oath-taking ceremony and observed Wednesday as an "anti-popular mandate day"-a stern message that the bitter fallout of the split electoral verdict would continue to dog the state's politics for a long time to come".
Under a rotational chief minister-ship arrangement, he helmed Karnataka for 20 months.