Bengaluru, May 24: After swearing in as Karnataka’s 24th Chief Minister, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of lying for political gains. “Narendra Modi lies whenever it suits him. He said he will solve the Mahadayi issue but he did not,” Kumaraswamy said addressing a press conference as Chief Minister. Also Read - 'COVID Protection Trains': Congress Urges PM Modi to Arrange For Ferrying Migrants to Their Homes
Kumaraswamy further said the JD(S) along with the Congress had succeeded in tying PM Narendra Modi’s Ashwamedha horse (victory horse) in Karnataka, fulfilling his aim. “I had said after the Uttar Pradesh election results came out that my aim is to tie the Ashwamwedha horse of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Today both Congress and JD(S) together have tied their Ashwamedha horse in Karnataka,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read - PM Modi May Address Nation on Lockdown After Virtual Meeting With CMs
Interestingly, PM Modi congratulated Kumaraswamy and extended his best wishes on his new assignment. It is to be noted here that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had boycotted the ceremony and observed a “Black Day” today. It held protests across the state against the new coalition government, which it has called an “unholy” alliance. Also Read - Ready to do Whatever Possible to Help: 'Good Friend' Modi Responds to Netanyahu's 'Thank You' For Hydroxychloroquine
Speaking on the future of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy said many people were having doubts about whether the coalition government would last and assured them that he would provide a stable government. “There is doubt whether this government will last long. With my conduct and that of my government, I will ensure that this opinion will change,” he said.
Conceding that people had these doubts because the JDS broke away from the Congress in 2006 to form a government with BJP, Kumaraswamy said: “…the nature of our (JDS, Congress) relationship thereafter has led to a doubt about our confidence in each other, and can we work together.” “I want to tell people of the state that this government will be a stable one. This coalition government will be more stable than one party government,” he added.
Kumaraswamy was administered the oath by Governor Vajubhai Vala in a gala ceremony held outside the Vidhan Soudha, the state assembly. The ceremony, which was attended by a battery of political dignitaries, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, was nothing short of a show of unity of the opposition parties, one year ahead of general elections.
Kumaraswamy said the leaders who came from all over the country wanted to give a message to the nation that “we are one, and, in 2019, there will be a major change in political situation”. “They were not here to protect this government. This government will be protected by local Congress leaders and our leaders,” he added.
This is Kumaraswamy’s second term as the chief minister of Karnataka since 2007, when he last held the post for 20 months. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara also took the oath as the state’s deputy chief minister. Kumaraswamy will take the floor test in the Assembly on Friday to prove that the JD(S)-Congress coalition government enjoys a majority in the house.