New Delhi, Jul 15: A day after Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy broke down at an event, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge advised him to have the courage to face the circumstances emerging due to the formation of a coalition government in the state.
Talking to news agency ANI, Kharge said, “You’ve to face problems. Simply expressing won’t give good message to people who supported secular parties. Kumaraswamy should be courageous to face such circumstances.”
Addressing an event on Saturday, a teary-eyed Kumaraswamy claimed that he was swallowing the pain of a coalition government in Karnataka.
At an event to honour him for becoming the CM of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy had refused to accept the bouquets and said, “You are standing with bouquets to wish me, as one of your brothers, your Thamma became CM and you all are happy, but I’m not. I know the pain of coalition govt. I became Vishkanth. The pain is like swallowing the poison
Kharge further said, “Running a coalition government is always a problem and all one can do is face them. Simply expressing would not give a good message to people who supported secular parties. Kumaraswamy should be courageous to face such circumstances. He has to fulfil the desire of the people”.
The Karnataka CM’s emotional outpour came a few days after thousands of farmers across the state protested against H D Kumaraswamy for not waiving crop loans fully as promised by him before the May 12 assembly elections.
“Kumaraswamy promised to waive all our loans within 48 hours of coming to power. He came to power with Congress support but failed to keep the promise. He should waive all loans, including those from state-run banks,” state farmers’ association president K. Chandrashekar told reporters.
“Though Kumaraswamy on July 5 announced waiver of farm loans worth Rs 34,000 crore in the state budget for fiscal 2018-19, it is not full as it does not cover loans granted by banks owned by the Central government,” he said.
After days of high-intensity political drama in the state, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had come together and managed to form the government in Karnataka. Soon after, Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka, while Congress’ G Parameshwara took charge as the deputy chief minister of the state.