Bengaluru swearing in and the shifting sands of opposition alliances

While several key Opposition leaders have not been invited, a few others who have, are not attending the oath taking ceremony on Saturday

Archis Mohan New Delhi

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Nothing better would depict the shifting sands of opposition alliances and unity than the list of leaders who attended the H D Kumaraswamy-led Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress government's oath of office five years back on May 23, 2018, and the invitee list of Siddaramaiah-led Congress council of ministers that will take the oath of office Saturday afternoon.
The highlight of the ceremony five years back was UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati standing side by side on the makeshift stage in front of Bengaluru's Vidhan Soudha. Notable absentees for Saturday's event are Mayawati and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who were on the JD(S) invitee list. Banerjee has deputed three-term MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. Trinamool sources insisted compulsions of state politics were keeping 'Didi' away from the Bengaluru event. Still, Banerjee's recent comments, and absence from the ceremony, suggest

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First Published: May 19 2023 | 8:04 PM IST

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