: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Thursday rubbished media reports that hewas working under pressure and alleged interference from coalition partner Congress, terming them "speculative" andimaginary".
Reiterating that the Congress-JD(S) coalitiongovernment would complete its five-year term amid repeatedspeculation about its longevity, he said "let there be nodisbelief in this regard.
"It is said that I'm working and running this administration in a stifling atmosphere....It is a creation of of some sections of the media.
The discussions that took place in our legislature party meeting is different. I don't know how to react to such speculative news," he said.
According to reports, Kumaraswamy had told party legislators at a recent meeting that he wasworking under pressure.
Expressing confidence that the coalition government would complete its five-year term"smoothly", Kumaraswamy said, "...let there be no disbelief in this regard."
Reacting to media reports that the Committee on New Education Policy had, in its recommendations, suggestedmaking Hindi compulsory till class VIII, he said "at the time we go for elections, anydecision by the union government at this last stage will nothave any value. That's my opinion."
Not wishing to make any comments about theproposed controversial steel flyover in Bengaluru,which he had objected to while in the opposition, Kumaraswamy said easing out theproblems of the city's citizens was his "top priority".
"For me, the steel bridge or any other kind of infrastructure work is not important...Easing out the problems of Bangaluru city citizens is my top priority," he added.
Earlier, Congress state campaign committee chief H K Patil had downplayed Kumaraswamy's reported comments about working under pressure and alleged interference from Congress, saying that any issue could be discussed with the party leadership and solved.
He had reiterated his party's stand that both alliance partners would face the Lok Sabha polls together and would even go in for joint campaigning, wherever necessary.
"I have seen media reports about Kumaraswamy's comments, but want to say that elected members may be putting pressure on the chief minister about development and constituency related works. He should not feel that we are putting pressure (on him)," Patil had told reporters.
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