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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