New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Deve Gowda said that his son — Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has been hurt by some Congress leaders taking potshots at him. The JD(S) chief further warned that he cannot remain silent on the matter anymore.

Addressing the National JDS Convention, Gowda asserted that he has suffered much pain in the last six months when the government was formed in a post-poll alliance.“I am in pain. Six months have completed since Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister. All kinds of things have happened in these six months, till now I have not opened my mouth but I can’t keep quiet now,” news agency ANI quoted the JD(S) chief as saying.

He also referred to Siddaramaiah’s alleged ambitions to become chief minister in 2006-2007. “Back then, Siddaramaiah had told me that if I had put pressure on Sonia Gandhi, he would have become chief minister, instead of Kumaraswamy. Siddaramaiah is nursing pain and he should be seeking answer from Sonia Gandhi about it,” Gowda said.

He added,“Is this any way to run a coalition government, where every day you have to request your coalition partner to not make unparliamentary remarks.”

On the other hand, while addressing the convention, Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy again threatened to quit if Congress leaders continued to take potshots at him. “Yes, I had said I would step down if Congress leaders continue to take potshots at me.

“If they repeatedly make such statements, how many more days can I tolerate such stuff. Power is ephemeral. What is permanent is you (party workers) and six-and-a-half crore people of this state,” he stated.

Furthermore he said,“They (BJP and some Congress leaders) are giving threats of dislodging my government by Shankranthi or Rajyotsava Day, besides during assembly session beginning February 6. Amidst these media leaks, how shall I ask my officials to address people’s problems. Just think of the situation I am in? However, I should be grateful to my legislators who have stood behind me.”