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Dharam Singh sworn in as CM
May 28, 2004 11:05 IST
Last Updated: May 28, 2004 14:13 IST
Dharam Singh was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka on Friday after the Congress party had staked its claim to form a coalition government with Janata Dal-Secular to Governor T N Chaturvedi.
JD-S Karnataka unit chief Siddaramaiah took oath as the deputy chief minister as part of the power-sharing agreement between the two parties.
The curtains fell on the hard bargaining between the two parties over power-sharing on Thursday night.
The agreement between the two sides is on "Maharashtra model" with Congress, being the bigger partner, getting the chief ministership and leaving the deputy's post for its junior coalition constituent.
In the assembly polls, Congress was voted out of power and BJP emerged as the single largest party with 79 seats. Losing nearly half the number of seats it held in dissolved house, Congress secured 65 and JD-S 58.
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