Opposition in India shows growing unity

Mr H.D. Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular) was sworn in as chief minister of India's Karnataka state yesterday.
Mr H.D. Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular) was sworn in as chief minister of India's Karnataka state yesterday.

That Karnataka's new state chief is not from ruling party may signal tough challenge for Modi in general election

The swearing-in of a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader as the chief minister and head of a coalition government in the southern Indian state of Karnataka indicates growing opposition unity that could transform India's next parliamentary elections into a tough contest rather than a one-sided affair in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party.

Mr H.D. Kumaraswamy, the leader of Janata Dal (Secular), or JD (S), a regional party from Karnataka, assumed office as its chief minister yesterday in Bengaluru, amid the presence of several senior leaders from a range of opposition parties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'Opposition in India shows growing unity'. Print Edition | Subscribe