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Karnataka: JD(S) plays down CM HD Kumaraswamy's remark on 'swallowing poison of coalition government like Lord Vishakantha', calls it 'emotional outburst'

Danish Ali alleged that the opposition BJP was attempting to weaken the coalition government and bring it down but asserted the saffron will not succeed.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Bengaluru [ Updated: July 15, 2018 23:46 IST ]
  Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy said he was "not happy"

 

Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy said he was "not happy" as Karnataka chief minister and was swallowing pain like Lord Shiva who drank poison. 

Hours after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's emotional remark stating that he has "swallowed" the poison of his party's coalition like Lord Vishakantha, JD(S) on Sunday played down the claim calling it a mere 'emotional outburst'.

"That was merely an emotional outburst and some in the media are reading too much into it, JD(S) General  Secretary and party spokesperson Danish Ali told media reporters."There are no strains between the Congress and the JD(S) and the coalition government in Karnataka is stable and will complete its five-year term under a common minimum programme for the welfare of the people of the state...," Ali said. 

Ali alleged that the opposition BJP was attempting to weaken the coalition government and bring it down but asserted the saffron will not succeed. 

Congress also joined the JD(S) in playing down Kumaraswamy's statement. 

"How can he say that... He must be definitely happy. A chief minister has to be happy always. If he is happy, we will all be happy," Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader G Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru. 

Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy said he was "not happy" as Karnataka chief minister and was swallowing pain like Lord Shiva who drank poison. Reflecting a strain in the alliance, Kumaraswamy broke down at a meeting of party cadres in Bengaluru on Saturday, saying it was not the time for celebration. 

"You are all happy that your elder or younger brother has become the chief minister, but I am not happy," he said at a function organised to felicitate him. 

"I am swallowing the pain like Vishakantha (Lord Shiva who drank poison to save the world)," he said. 

On seeing him wiping tears, the crowd shouted, "We are with you." 

Kumaraswamy said that ahead of the Assembly polls, he had asked people to make him chief minister to bring in a pro-people government that would solve the issues of farmers, the poor and the needy, "but they did not show their trust in me". 

The BJP dismissed Kumaraswamy's emotional comments, calling him a "legendary actor" and accusing him of "fooling the common man." 

The BJP state unit in a tweet said: "& the best acting award goes to..." 

"Our country has produced talented actors. Actors who have mesmerised the audience with their brilliant performance, here we have another legendary actor Mr Kumaraswamy, an actor who has constantly fooled common man with his amazing acting skills," it said, tagging a video clip of the chief minister getting emotional. 

He said people showered him with love and affection when he travelled across the state, but forgot his party and candidates while voting. 

It has been a rocky road for the JD(S) chief since he took over as Karnataka chief minister on May 23 as the head of the coalition government, confronting wrangling among leaders over portfolio allocation and presentation of the state budget. 

Presenting his government's first budget on July 5, Kumaraswamy, who also holds the finance portfolio, unveiled a Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver and subsequently announced an additional crop loan waiver of Rs 10,700 crore from cooperative banks. 

However, his budget came under attack from within the coalition, with a few senior Congress MLAs, including former minister H K Patil, writing to him demanding programmes for the minority community and for the northern region of the state. 

Recently former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is also the head of the Congress-JD(S) coordination committee, in a letter to Kumaraswamy, had pressed him to withdraw the decision on petrol and diesel price hike and reduce the supply of rice under the Anna Bhagya scheme, announced in the budget. 

In the Assembly polls in May, the JD(S) won 37 seats in the 224-member House. While the Congress has 80 seats, the BJP 104 and the BSP one.

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