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Why was Mamata Banerjee fuming at Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in-ceremony

By Chennabasaveshwar

The swearing-in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy witnessed a show of strength by the opposition. Almost all leaders from across the country were present as Kumaraswamy took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

However, Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal was upset. She pointed out that the traffic arrangements were not up to the mark.

ANI while quoting sources said that Mamata was forced to walk a short distance to reach the Vidhana Soudha (state assembly) for the swearing-in, as a number of vehicles blocked the route to the venue. Due to this, Mamata lodged a complaint with the Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP), Neelamani Raju.

In a video captured of her entering the venue of the swearing-in, a perturbed Mamata was seen gesturing her dismay to the Karnataka DGP and later was seen explaining her situation to former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar, who were also present at the venue.

While proceeding towards the seating area, Mamata was seen once again in conversation with other leaders present there, in a disturbed manner, but went on to greet the dignitaries at the dais and the audience at the venue, after apparently being pacified by Deve Gowda and other leaders.

However the Aam Aadmi Party leader and Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal did not mind. He took a short walk to reach the stage and did not seem to complain. AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha, who accompanied Kejriwal tweeted, " Bengaluru traffic beats every city in the country. We walked to the swearing in venue. Beautiful weather made up for it though."

Kumaraswamy took oath as the CM of Karnataka in a grand ceremony on Wednesday. Dr. G Parameshwar was sworn in as the Deputy CM. The floor test will take place on Friday. The Congress-JD(S) combine should have no problem in passing the test as they have the required numbers.

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