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Karna CM, Siddaramaiah locked in twitter debate over Kharge

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

H D Kumaraswamy's remark that veteran should have been offered the top post long ago has triggered a twitter debate between him and the ruling coalition coordination committee chief

Kumaraswamy's statement about Kharge had come at a time when there was growing clamour within the for to become once again, resulting in a public spat between the and

Kumaraswamy's comment was even seen as an attempt to checkmate Siddaramaiah, who had hinted on his ambition for the top job.

In a measured response to Chief Minister's statement, Thursday said, and Kumaraswamy's older brother H D Revanna too has the capability for the top job.

"What has said is right. has capability not only to become Chief Minister, There are several people in Congress and JD(S) who have the capability to become CM.

H D Revanna is also one among them. For every thing time has to come," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.

said Kharge should have become was deep from his heart, based on decades old political reality in Karnataka, and giving any political colour to it or analysing by misunderstanding it is "not healthy".

"I don't have a shabby interest to get political advantage through this statement.

We should not forget that Kharge's personality is something that is beyond party or caste lines," he said in a tweet.

Addressing a gathering in Chincholi, on Tuesday had said, Kharge should have become the Chief Minister long ago.

Kharge could have also become Chief Minister of the present Congress-coalition government, but he said, he will abide by party high command's decision, Kumaraswamy had noted.

State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa had Wednesday asked Kumaraswamy to resign immediately and vacate the top post for Kharge.

Kharge himself had termed Chief Minister's statement as "election time statement" and out of "affection".

This debate about Chief Minister has come amid speculation about the longevity of the coalition government in the state after Lok Sabha poll results on May 23.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 17:41 IST