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At mercy of Congress, not 6.5 crore people of Karnataka: CM Kumaraswamy

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy reminded people that JD(S) did not get an absolute majority, which meant he and his party were rejected by the electorate.

Published: 27th May 2018 11:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2018 11:14 PM   |  A+A-

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy (File Photo | PTI)

By PTI

BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said he was at the 'mercy' of Congress and not the 6.5 crore people of Karnataka as his government had not received the full mandate which his party had sought in the assembly elections.

Ahead of his Delhi visit to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers, he reiterated that farm loan waiver was his priority as he had promised and he would resign if he failed to fulfill it.

However, he reminded people that JD(S) did not get an absolute majority, which meant he and his party were rejected by the electorate.

"The people of the state rejected me and our party. I had sought an absolute majority. I have heard the statements of farm leaders too and how much they supported me," he said.

"Mine is not an independent government. I had requested the people to give me a mandate that prevents me from succumbing to any pressure other than you. But today I am at the mercy of the Congress. I am not under the pressure of the 6.5 crore people of the state," Kumaraswamy said.

The Chief Minister said he has certain compulsions as a politician.

However, he has absolute clarity on the issue of farm loan waivers, he said.

Slamming BJP and other farmers' leaders, he said there was no need for any farmers' association to pressurise him (on farm loan waiver).

"I am one step ahead of you to work for the farmers. You need not have to ask me for my resignation over farm loan waiver. If I fail to do that then I myself will resign from the post. Farm loan waiver is my priority. Can't you wait for a week? Even the cabinet has not been formed yet," he added.

Kumaraswamy urged farmers not to take the extreme step of committing suicide and to wait for a week as he was in the process of finding a way out to waive loans, not just of cooperative societies,but also nationalised banks.

His remarks came in the wake of BJP's call for a state-wide bandh tomorrow, demanding immediate waiver of farm loans, as promised by the JD(S) in their manifesto.

BJP state president had on May 25 announced a state-wide bandh on May 28 if farm loans worth Rs 53,000 crore were not waived by then.

JD(S) leadership has been saying they have to seek the consent of its coalition partner Congress before taking any decision.

To a question on the Congress demand that the finance portfolio be given to it, he said it was quite natural for them to ask it as some in the party believed they could deliver better.

He brushed aside talk of a tussle between the two coalition partners over distribution of portfolios.

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  • SUNDEEP KUMAr

    pure arrogance
    1 year ago reply
  • Karthik

    First provide water Facilitate to 6.5 crores people not money.
    1 year ago reply
  • Sukumar

    Best of luck to you
    1 year ago reply
  • Narendra M Apte

    1. It is not easy to say for how many months or years JD(S)-Congress coalition government will be able to remain in power. This is because right now only uniting factor for the post poll alliance of two parties is strong desire on part of Congress to keep BJP out of power. 2. That Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will be flying to Delhi later today to sort out issues relating to allocation of ministerial positions says it all. Right from beginning the JD(S)-Congress alliance is under a threat of dissidence. 3. If in every situation of possible conflict between the coalition partners
    1 year ago reply
  • kumar

    Heaven will not fall if he quits. Instead of blaming x and y and sitting grinding his seat. doing nothing he should quit. But lust for power for the father son duo will make them crawl in 4 legs.
    1 year ago reply
  • VINOD SONI

    This means your Governance will be Lame duck. or in short you can not deliver anything. If so why did you take CM post and wasting public time your own state peoples????
    1 year ago reply
  • Rangaraj k

    Politicians are the only Community who can Fool All the People All the Time . Congrats to the people of Karnataka for casting their votes.
    1 year ago reply
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