The in-fighting among coalition partners in Karnataka, Congress and JD(S) has turned to a ugly face, which led the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to give a stern warning to the Congress leadership by threatening to resign. Taking severe exception to the speeches of Congress MLAs and also ministers at a meeting yesterday, directly pointing leveling charges of `non-functioning’ of his government, he asserted that Congress leaders should not speak like that in public.
He lamented that Congress leaders are crossing their limits and advised the Congress to control its MLAs, who are “crossing the line”. Stating that he is not concerned what Congress leaders are stating, he said it is the duty of the Congress leadership to watch behaviour of their own people. If they want to continue with it, he asserted that he is ready to step down.
However, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said that there is nothing wrong with the Congress MLAs expressing their discontent. But, he said that the state cabinet is happy with Kumaraswamy and also said he is the `best chief minister’.
“Siddaramaiah has been best CM. He is our CLP leader. For the MLA, he (Siddaramaiah) is the CM. He has expressed his opinion. What is wrong in that? We are all happy with him (Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy),” he added.
Kumaraswamy’s outburst came after S T Someshekhar, Congress MLA from Yeshwantpur, launched a scathing attack on the Kumarawamy-led government, while saying that Siddaramaiah will always remain his leader.
“His contribution for the development of Bengaluru during his tenure as chief minister is immense. The present coalition government has completed seven months but grants for development of Bengaluru roads have not yet been released,” he said while speaking yesterday at an event organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Kuruba Sangha.
Siddaramaiah, who was also present in the event, said that he would have completed the development work if he was given another chance as chief minister. The former CM added that his political rivals conspired to defeat him.
Speaking at the event, Eswarananda Swami, pontiff of Kanaka Peetha, said that Siddaramaiah should be made chief minister again. Social welfare minister C Puttaranga Shetty also batted for Siddaramaiah to become the chief minister. “Whatever you say, Siddaramaiah is my chief minister. I cannot think of anybody else in that position,” he said.