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Kharge should have been made CM long time ago: Kumaraswamy

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Amid the 'for CM' clamour in Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamy has said veteran M should have been given the position a long time ago and "injustice" was done to the

His remarks come amid a bitter spat between the leaders of the ruling coalition partners and JD(S) to make the once again.

But the comments gave fresh ammunition to the BJP to target the alliance government. BJP state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa asked Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) to immediately vacate the post for Kharge, the of the in

Kharge, a nine-time MLA and two-term member who has never tasted electoral defeat, termed Kumaraswamy's remarks as "election-time statement."

Addressing a meeting in Chincholi assembly segment for a by-election attended by Kharge on Tuesday, Kumaraswamy said the Congress should have become long ago.

"should have become the chief minister long ago. I feel injustice has been done to him. I would like to clearly say Kharge has not been given recognition for the work he has done (for his party)," Kumaraswamy said, adding there has been a "fault somewhere".

Kharge could have become the CM in the current coalition government but he said he will abide by the Congress leadership's decision, Kumaraswamy revealed.

Latching onto the remarks, Yeddyurappa asked Kumaraswamy to resign and make Kharge CM.

"He (Kumaraswamy) has said he (Kharge) should have become CM long ago. To make his dream come true, let him resign tomorrow itself and make Kharge the chief minister," the told reporters in Kalaburagi Wednesday.

termed Kumaraswamy's remarks a conspiracy aimed at creating a rift between and Kharge to continue in power.

"If he wants to make Kharge (CM), he can give up the seat for him. It is kind of a drama (by Kumaraswamy)," he said, adding no one, even in Congress, was interested in making Kharge CM.

Yeddyurappa, however, claimed the Congress-JD(S) government would fall due to a rift between both parties.

"I have never said we will topple the government. We are not making attempts. JD(S) and Congress are fighting each other and because of their differences, the government will collapse," he said.

Siddaramaiah, the coalition coordination committee chairman, has termed the growing clamour within Congress to make him the chief minister as an expression of supporters' affection, but said he still stands by his word to not contest the next assembly election.

Chincholi assembly seat will go to bypolls on May 19.

is the Congress candidate there.

Kharge has been elected twice from Gulbarga constituency and has been a during Congress rule in the past.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 18:21 IST