Bengaluru, Jan 28: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy offered to step down if Coalition partner Congress MLAs continue to posing Siddaramaiah as their ‘supreme’ leader.
When asked for his reaction here on Monday on several Congress Legislators expressing in favour of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and still considered him as their supreme leader, an angry looking Kumaraswamy said that "if they want to continue with the same thing, I am ready to step down. They are crossing the line".
On Sunday some of the Congress, including Minister Puttaranga Shetty, Legislator S T Somashekhar had spoken in favour of Siddaramaiah. Some of the Congress Legislators, expressing their anguish over the Coalition government neglecting developmental works in their respective constituencies, had expressed that Siddaramaiah should have continued as Chief Minister for completion of the ongoing works.
Mr Kumaraswamy warned Congress party leaders including KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao to control its Legislators and not to make such remarks publicly as it will have adverse impact on the coalition government.
The Chief Minister said that "Myself and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara are working in coordination. More than Rs 1 lakh crore investment was made for development in Bengaluru City itself and there is no scope for complaining that works are not taken up and many works are neglected. If they are not satisfied with my way of functioning, I am ready to step down, I don't want to stick to my chair."
He said that Congress leaders has to watch what their party Legislators and Ministers are saying in the public functions. "Otherwise their comments will have adverse impact on the smooth functioning of the coalition government and it will also have impact on me also. If they continue such outbursts it will be the Congress party which will suffer and nor me nor my party JD(S)," he added.
When Mr Siddaramaiah's reaction was sought about direction by Mr Kumaraswamy to control Congress MLAs, he said that "we only have to control our Legislators, nobody else can do. I will talk to the Chief Minister and convince him."
When asked about chance of he becoming Chief Minister, Mr Siddaramaiah said that "while forming the Coalition Government it has been agreed that
Mr Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister and there is no question of me becoming Chief Minister." (UNI)