Have to work as per Cong’s direction: K’taka CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 May 2018 09:31:45


New Delhi,

A DAY after sparking a storm over his remarks that he was at the mercy of the Congress, JD-S leader and Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said his ruling ally had numbers that made its voice stronger in the coalition Government.

“What mercy They supported my party. According to their direction I have to work. That is my responsibility,” the Chief Minister told reporters here.
He was replying to a question related to his Sunday remarks that said he was at the “mercy” of the Congress and not the 6.5 crore people of Karnataka because his Government had not received the full mandate which his party had sought in the May 12 elections.

Kumaraswamy is in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers to seek financial assistance for farm loan waiver -- a “priority” for his Government. Before leaving Karnataka Bhavan in Delhi to meet Modi, a visibly angry Chief Minister told the media that he was of course “at the mercy of the Congress because of their strength. I have become the Chief Minister because of them.
“I have also the responsibility to protect the interest of the Karnataka State.”

BJP slams Kumaraswamy over ‘mercy’ remarks: Kumaraswamy came under attack from BJP over his remark that he was at the “mercy” of Congress and not the people of State, with the BJP saying he was “deriding” his own people and lying prostrate at the feet of the Gandhi family.

Slamming the remarks, BJP said it was “the most brazen admission ever” and asked Kumaraswamy if he would compromise the interests of Kannadigas to retain power and accused him of being “Chief Manager (CM)” of the Congress’s ATM in the State. Karnataka BJP said Kumaraswamy’s remarks proved “he cares two hoots to six crore people of Karnataka” and added that a democratically elected CM should not have stooped so low.