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Kumaraswamy threatens to quit after Cong MLA says Siddaramaiah should be CM

Rubbishing the MLA's demand, Siddaramaiah said the coalition govt is for 5 years and there was no question of him becoming CM

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. File photo: PTI

The acrimony between the and the JDS in Karnataka reached a new high with Chief Minister Monday threatening to step down, saying he never "craved" for power.  

His comments come a day after a ruling MLA demanded that is made the chief minister again.  

At an event in the city on Sunday, had claimed that development works had come to a grinding halt here and other parts of the state. 

Strongly reacting to the comments, Kumaraswamy said, "If my way of functioning is not acceptable, I am ready to resign. I don't crave for position."  

"Our government has taken up projects worth Rs 1 trillion including suburban train, elevated corridor and peripheral ring road," the chief minister told reporters after dedicating six-coach metro rail on 'Green Line' at the Mantri Square Metro Station." 

A red-faced Karnataka president Dinesh Gundu Rao, who too was present there, said such statements by the Congress MLAs were not acceptable and a show-cause notice would be issued to them.

"Today Rs 8,000 crore worth work is happening. I condemn such public statements and will issue a show-cause notice to them," Rao told reporters.

"Morning I saw S T Somashekhar's statement. It breaches the disciplinary line. The coalition government has done lots of development work in Bengaluru."

The works sanctioned by the previous government were also being taken up, he said.

Noting that Somashekhar was the chairperson of the Bengaluru Development Authority, he said, "His public statement is inappropriate. I condemn it and I will issue a show-cause notice to him."

"If there are any shortcomings in our government, they should discuss straightaway with chief minister or Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara, who is in charge minister of Bengaluru... We cannot tolerate indiscipline," he said.

AICC general secretary and Karnataka in-charge K V Venugopal said in a tweet, "Instructed Karnataka PCC to send a show-cause notice to Somashekhar MLA seeking clarification on his controversial remarks.

"If the explanation is not satisfactory, party will take strong disciplinary action.@INCIndia will not tolerate any such indiscipline statements and actions," he said.

Somashekhar had Sunday said, "The coalition government is in power for the past seven months but not a single work has taken place. It is who set up the Kempegowda Development Authority after the founder of Bengaluru city."

Rubbishing the MLA's demand, Siddaramaiah said the coalition government is for five years and there was no question of him becoming Chief Minister.  

"There is no question of my becoming chief minister again. This government is for five years," Siddaramaiah said.

Taking a potshot at the chief minister, BJP spokesperson Tejaswini Gowda said, "Kumaraswamy must practice what he says. He must step down. 

First Published: Mon, January 28 2019. 14:31 IST