The Hush Post: Here is a chief minister of the state virtually crying like a child. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed unhappiness at the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the state, saying it does not have the mandate of the people. Addressing JD(S) party workers, an emotional Kumaraswamy equated the pain of being the leader of the coalition to swallowing poison.
#WATCH: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy breaks down at an event in Bengaluru; says 'You are standing with bouquets to wish me, as one of your brother became CM & you all are happy, but I'm not. I know the pain of coalition govt. I became Vishkanth&swallowed pain of this govt' (14.07) pic.twitter.com/cQ8f90KkFT
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At an event, organised by the party to felicitate Kumaraswamy for becoming the chief minister and waiving farm loans, he said, “You are all happy that one of your brothers has become the Chief Minister. But I am not happy. I am swallowing my pain like Vishakanta (Lord Shiva).”
There are already strains between the coalition partners Janta Dal (S) and the Congress. In his maiden budget earlier this month, Kumaraswamy tried to perform a balancing act by unveiling a farm loan waiver as promised by his party and continuing with all policies proposed by the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government.
Responding to Kumaraswamy’s remarks, Congress leader and Karnataka deputy CM G Parameshwara was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, “How can he say that? He must definitely be happy, CM has to be always happy. If he’s happy, we’ll all be happy.” During the function, Kumaraswamy expressed unhappiness at the JD(S)-Congress coalition in Karnataka.
Earlier this year, the JD(S) and the Congress stitched up an alliance in the state after the BJP emerged the single largest party with 104 seats in the Karnataka Assembly elections, however it was short by eight seats to form government. The Congress, in order to to keep the BJP out of power, gave unconditional support to the JD(S) to form the government. Kumaraswamy took oath as Chief Minister on May 23, 2018.