Siddaramaiah to take oath as Karnataka CM today

Bangalore, May 13: K Siddaramaiah will take oath as the chief minister of Karnataka on Monday, the first "outsider" to do it. It is a dream come true for the man from the backward Kuruba caste who spent his childhood grazing his father's cattle at a remote village near Mysore.

Siddramaiah, popularly known as Siddu, said although not every politician can dream about the chief minister's post, but he was optimistic that it could come to his way. He, however, reminded that he did not forget his roots.

Legend goes that the leader first learnt the alphabet by writing on the sand and he was sent to school at the age of 10 after realising his potential. He later became his village's first graduate and lawyer.

Siddaramaiah entered politics in the late 1970s with help of his friends. He was the deputy chief minister during his stint in the JD(S) but missed the chance to become the CM each time after the party chief H D Deve Gowda preferred his son Kumaraswamy over the former for the post.

A dejected Siddaramaiah joined the Congress in 2006 and soon impressed his colleagues and the party high command for his honest image and relentless fight against corruption as the opposition leader.

The leader, who presented seven budgets as the state finance minister, said he will focus to improve the administration, which has completely collapsed. He stressed improvement in law and order and said the people should aspire for a clean government.

Corruption is one of the major reasons which led to the downfall of the previous BJP government in the recent assembly elections.

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