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Union minister Athawale invites Kumaraswamy to join hands with

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Union Social and Republican Party of India(A) Monday said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in will not last long and asked H D Kumaraswamy to join hands with BJP for the state's welfare.

Terming the as "casteist", the said that should not dream about becoming

"...Kumaraswamy is upset, I request him-why are you behind when the BJP-JD(S) coalition government can be formed?"Athawale told reporters here.

Stating that there was such a proposal earlier, he said "was clever, they supported Kumaraswamy and made him CM, but Kumaraswamy is crying, he is not happy with Congress people.

So I feel that this government will not last long."

"Kumaraswamy has to come back to the BJP and if Karnataka's development has to happen...Kumaraswamy has to leave Congress and come back.

Staying with BJP will benefit as is coming (to power) with NDA securing over 350 seats" he added.

In 2006, Kumaraswamy had joined hands with BJP to formthe coalition government, overthrowing the Dharm Singh led Congress-JD(S) government, that lasted about 20 months.

Asking Kumaraswamy to join hands with BJP for the benefit of the state, Athawale said "you will become the Deputy ..

He (Kumaraswamy) is not happy with theCongress... as Deputy he will be happier than now(as Chief Minister)."

"Asked if he would mediate between BJP and JD(S) leaders, he said after the Lok Sabha elections, "we can try, because if comes, then I doubt that Kumaraswamy will be safe (as Chief Minister)."

Athawale said eradication of poverty was something only Modi could do and not and the Congress should not dream about becoming

"Eradication of poverty is Narendra Modi's work, not Rahul Gandhi's- it is not something he can do.

should not dream about becoming Prime Minister," he said.

"As long as there is a Narendra Modi wave in the country, how can Rahul Gandhi become the " he added.

Stating that Rahul Gandhi does not have the support of Mahagatbandhan leaders, Athawale said the leaders were posingfor photographs only to oppose Modi.

He said the Congress calls BJP "jaatiwadi" (casteist), but it is the most casteist party.

"Their face may besecular, but within they are casteist, so I left them.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 17:40 IST