New Delhi, May 24: Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy on Wednesday spoke about his father’s alleged interference in the administration, termed as “backseat driving”, saying that people have chosen him and he will hold the reins of the administrative tasks. Speaking to Times of India soon after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy said that his father’s experience and advice will be utilised and appreciated but ” I want to make it clear to all that he will not micro-manage the administration.” Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Assures CMs Over Migrants, Says 'Will do Everything Possible to Help Them'
“I am the CM and I will hold the reins. With regard to my father’s meeting with the chief secretary and police chiefs, it was a courtesy call by the latter. My father’s advice will be appreciated; I reiterate that he will not interfere. I have lived with the people…I am the people’s CM,” Kumaraswamy said. Speaking on his future plans for Karnataka and about the schemes the Siddaramaiah government had launched, Kumaraswamy said that they will not be discontinued. “We will improvise on the same and start new programmes,” he said. Also Read - Watch | Mamata Draws Social Distancing Circles on Roads. Viral Video Wins Praise
Speaking further on his priorities as the CM of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy said that it is issues related to the farming sector. He said that he want to work so that farmers of the state do not face any crisis. “Next on my list is infrastructure development, especially Bengaluru. We need to expedite work instead of dragging it citing trivial issues. We will focus on employment generation, women empowerment, health and education,” he added, speaking to TOI. Also Read - ‘Provide Basic Amenities to Workers From Bengal,’ Mamata Writes to 18 Chief Ministers Amid Lockdown
On the Opposition show of strength at his swearing-in ceremony, Kumaraswamy said that the oath-taking ceremony was a new chapter in national politics since over 20 national leaders, including chief ministers and ministers, attended it. All prominent chief ministers, especially the ones who do not belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), graced the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy at the Kanteerava stadium.
The event showcased rare scenes of bonhomie between leaders including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BSP supremo Mayawati, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), V. Narayanasamy (Puducherry), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI MP D. Raja, RLD’s Ajit Singh and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav and former union minister Sharad Yadav.