'I will be king, not king maker', HDK tells British envoy

British Deputy High Commissioner to India Alexander Evans called on JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy at his residence here on Tuesday morning.

Evans, who is holding meetings with the heads of all political parties in a bid to strengthen the UK-Karnataka ties, wondered if Kumaraswamy would emerge as the "kingmaker" in the coming assembly elections. The JD(S) leader, however, said he would emerge as the "king" and not the kingmaker.

"According to me, the JD(S) will get a clear majority," he said. When Evans wondered if it would be a "narrow" or a "substantial" majority, Kumaraswamy said it would be the latter. "We will get a substantial majority as the farming community depends on my party," the former chief minister said.

Kumaraswamy later told the media that Evans wanted to get a better understanding of Karnataka's political scenario. "All eyes are on Karnataka now that the elections are coming up. The British High Commission has been making its own assessment. He (Evans) asked me about the probable outcome of the election, and JD(S)' stand on coalition government," he said.

Evans was accompanied by Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru, and Alex Cameron, Head of Political and Bilateral Affairs, British High Commission.

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