New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who completed 100 days in office on Thursday, flew to New Delhi to meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Speculations are rife that the meeting came against the backdrop of former CM Siddaramaiah’s statement that ‘if people wish, he will become chief minister again‘. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy maintained that the meeting with Congress chief was a cordial one. “No no. It was a cordial visit. I had just come to meet him (Rahul Gandhi) on 100 days of our government,” he said on being asked by reporters whether the meeting happened to complain about Siddaramaiah. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
Adding further, he said that Rahul Gandhi is happy with his 100 day performance and has promised him unconditional support. “He has assured me that no one can unseat me. I will complete the full five year term,” Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying in a report.
Earlier, Congress leader Siddaramaiah had said, “If people bless me, I will want to become the chief minister, but not now. After five years when next election is held.”
Meanwhile, responding to Siddaramaiah’s comments, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said “Anybody can become a CM in this democracy. It is a democratic system.”
This was not the first time when Siddaramaiah’s comments doubting the longevity of the JDS-Congress ministry stoked up a controversy. Earlier, his differences over budget presentation had cast a shadow on the coalition.
On Thursday, Kumaraswamy also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and submitted a memorandum seeking relief funds from Centre for losses incurred due to floods and landslides in Kodagu and other parts of Karnataka. He was accompanied by Deputy CM G Parameswara and ministers RV Deshpande and B Kashempur.