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Cong govt in K'taka 'unnecessarily quarrelling' with Centre: Union Minister Kumaraswamy

The JD(S) leader, whose party is part of the ruling NDA at the Centre, also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership have confidence in him, and that he wants to fulfill their expectations.
Last Updated : 07 July 2024, 09:10 IST

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Bengaluru: Union Minister for Steel and Heavy Industries H D Kumaraswamy has accused the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka of "unnecessarily quarrelling" with the Centre and said that it won't help.

The JD(S) leader, whose party is part of the ruling NDA at the Centre, also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership have confidence in him, and that he wants to fulfill their expectations.

"I know this government (in Karnataka is) unnecessarily quarrelling with the Central government. First of all, I request the Karnataka government that -- quarrelling will not help. Or throwing mud against the Central government will not help. Whatever is the issue, come, discuss with us," Kumaraswamy said.

Speaking to PTI videos, he said, "mutually with good confidence, we can do the work successfully. (Instead) every day (they are) criticising in public, daily they are making statements (against the Centre)...Unnecessarily criticising the Central government without any fault on part of the Central government. The fault is in your (state govt) court only." Noting that there are several issues concerning the state and his top priority remains Karnataka, Kumaraswamy, however said that he is not a "selfish man", as he pointed out that, as a Central Minister, the entire country will also need his attention.

"To generate employment for the younger generation is the PM's vision and I have to see about that. Ultimately I want to get some name for the country and the PM. I pray to God to give me the strength to fulfill the PM's vision," the former Chief Minister of Karnataka added.

Noting that the PM, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda after the Lok Sabha elections have some confidence in him, Kumaraswamy said, in the Lok Sabha polls the voters decided to bless our BJP-JD(S) combination.

"Whole Karnataka decided to stand with the PM. They (BJP leadership) have some confidence in me, as (they feel) here is the man who can (meet) our expectations, not only for the development, for the organisation also he will be useful. In that process they have given me a chance. I want to fulfill the expectations," he added.

The Union Minister said that he would need at least three months to study his department as the Prime Minister has entrusted him with two sensitive departments -- Steel and Heavy Industries. He also pointed out that this is for the first time that he is working in the Union Government and there is a lot to learn.

"Another two to three months required to study my departments. I am working towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for the development of the country," he said.

"The Prime Minister has given me responsibility for these two sensitive departments, which will play a major role in GDP growth and employment generation," he added.

According to Kumaraswamy, the portfolios he has got are very challenging but he will succeed.

He said in the next two years he will come up with a plan that will define his role in the development of the country.

"After taking charge, I visited several (industrial) plants to get information on ground reality," the Minister said.

Calling Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) a pride of Karnataka and India, Kumaraswamy said, the revival of HMT is a big challenge as he will have to convince the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Regarding alleged fraudulent allotment of sites to land losers by Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA), which involves plots given to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's wife, the JD(S) leader said, "It's a big scam. They (Congress govt) wanted to suppress the scam with their officers. But it is going to boomerang against the CM." "This government (in Karnataka) is not good.... Already it (issues) started. Let's wait and see," he said, adding that jointly BJP and JD(S) will fight against this government, both on the floor of the Assembly and outside.

Regarding the by-pollsto Channapatna Assembly segment, vacated by him on his election to the Lok Sabha, Kumaraswamy said, "There is going to be a surprise candidate. Let's wait and see."

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Published 07 July 2024, 09:10 IST

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