Move on to unsettle govt: HD Kumaraswamy

Move on to unsettle govt: HD Kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy further said he was aware of all the developments and that he will not try to protect his seat.

A day after Congress leader Siddaramaiah said he will become chief minister again, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday said efforts are being made to destabilise his government and took an indirect dig the former chief minister.

“Efforts are being made to destablise the government. I have learnt from the media that there will be a new government in September (this year) and someone is ready to become CM,” he said, without naming Siddaramaiah. The chief minister was speaking after inaugurating a girls’ hostel constructed by Samaja Samparka Vedike in Bengaluru.

Siddaramaiah’s statement made in Holenarsipur in Hassan district on Friday has led to intense speculation that the survival of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government is doubtful. He had also said he would have become chief minister again after the 2018 Assembly elections if his adversaries had not conspired against him.

‘I am not bothered’

Kumaraswamy further said he was aware of all the developments and that he will not try to protect his seat. “I am aware of what is happening. I am not bothered. I will not try to save my seat. I will try to do good work as long as I am the chief minister,” he stated, adding that those who are trying to destabilise the government should know this.

The government has been taking revolutionary measures for farmers’ welfare, Kumaraswamy said. After farm loan waiver, it has been decided to provide relief to small farmers from debts. Some leaders tried to stop the government from announcing the loan waiver, he said. Yet, the government went ahead with it, he added.

In the same breath, he said that it was not easy to topple the coalition government. A section of officers in the government have become lethargic and they are under the impression that the government will not survive for long. A proper message will be sent out to them soon, he warned.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara sought to downplay Siddaramaiah’s statement, saying that he does not know anything in this regard. “I don’t know anything in this regard. How do I know who conspired against him (Siddaramaiah)?...I can’t say anything,” he said.

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