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PM reacting to a statement I never made, says Kumaraswamy

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

: H D Kumaraswamy Saturday said he was "amused" at Modi's "clerk" comment referring to him and clarified that he had never made such a statement.

"I am amused to see Hon'ble @narendramodi reacting to a statement which I never made.

After farmers loan this is the second time he is reacting tofalse information/statement.

Such statements won't deter ourcoalition government from the development agenda," Kumaraswamysaid in a tweet.

The "farmers' loan" was a reference to Modi's statement at a rally in Ghazipur in in December 29 last year that promised loan waivers to lakhs of farmers, but the JD(S)-coalition in did not deliver.

"Lollipops" were handed out. The loan waiver was given to only 800 farmers, Modi had claimed.

Addressing the BJP's National Convention in Saturday, Modi referred to a reported statement of Kumaraswamy about functioning like a

"In Karnataka, where there is a coalition government,what is the there saying? Chief Minister, who is the of a coalition government...

It has been a just few months, but he is worried so much that he is saying that instead of (being treated as) Chief Minister, he isbeing treated like a clerk," Modi said.

According to some media reports, Kumaraswamy, during the recent meeting with party legislators, had told them that he was working under pressure.

The reports had also quoted the Chief Minister as having told them that he was functioning like a and accusing the JDS coalition partner of interference.

Kumaraswamy had on Thursday rubbished the media reports, terming them as "speculative" and "imaginary".

Reacting to the Prime Minister's comments, JD(S) supremo and former H D Deve Gowda asked "Will he praise the coalition government and not criticise?"

No one should speak lightly about anybody. I don't have the practise of talking lightly about anyone. Idon't want its advantage also", he said.

The state Congress too has hit back at Modi, calling him a "of failures".

"Respected Modi, you have called the Chief Minister of a democratically elected government a

You, aleader of failures, lord of lies, have diminished the positionof Prime Minister," said in a tweet inKannada.

It attacked the Prime Minister for not coming to Parliament and responding to the charges against him.

Noting that the matter was something between Congress and JD(S), the coalition coordination committee chief and former Chief Minister asked what Modi has to do with it.

He said "Modi doesn't know anything...he is trying to instigate..."

leaders Prahlad Joshi and Jagadish Shettar defended Modi's remark, saying that he was only quoting Kumaraswamy.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 20:25 IST