Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday denied any rift with alliance partner Congress and said he was misquoted on his statement about being unhappy heading the coalition government.
“It was my party’s event and I got emotional,” Kumaraswamy told reporters in Delhi. “My comments were misinterpreted. I did not say anything about Congress or any of its leaders”, The News Minute reported.
On Saturday, Kumaraswamy, who was in tears, said he was “not happy about being the chief minister” and that the post was “not a bed of roses”. “If the pressure gets to me, I’ll have no hesitation in resigning in less than a couple of hours,” he had said.
“That pain, I will tell you frankly, is not coalition pain,” Kumaraswamy told NDTV. “Congress people are supporting me... I am a very sensitive person. I accepted this challenge with a good faith. But some sections of the society, why they are criticising me? What wrong have I done?”
Kumaraswamy said that “despite difficulty”, he had waived farm loans, but “I’m not getting encouragement for my good work”. “More than a chief minister, I am an ordinary person with emotions,” the Hindustan Times quoted him as saying.
Kumaraswamy had announced a Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver for farmers, capped at Rs 2 lakh, while presenting the first budget of the newly-formed coalition government of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress on July 5. On Friday, he announced an additional farm loan waiver of Rs 10,700 crore after coming under pressure from farmers’ associations.
The Congress had downplayed Kumaraswamy’s comments with Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara insisting that the chief minister was happy and had to be so. Kumaraswamy’s party, Janata Dal (Secular), termed his remarks an “emotional outburst”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party criticised the Congress after Kumaraswamy’s comments, saying it “pushed to desperation” anyone outside the party’s leading family.