After Congress MLAs professed that their party leader Siddaramaiah is their 'super-chief minister' in Karnataka, the real chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy, has tersely warned his ally against 'crossing the line' and threatened that he would step down from his post if need be.
Speaking to reporters after Congress MLAs once again sought to undermine the JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister, Kumaraswamy burst out, telling the Congress leadership to 'control their MLAs', warning that this will affect the alliance.
He said, "Congress has to watch their issues. You ask Congress leaders. I am not concerned about those things - if they want to continue with this then I will step down."
"They are crossing a line and it will affect Congress leaders. They must control their MLAs," the Karnataka CM added.
Responding to this, Deputy CM G Parameshwara from the Congress party went on to ask what was wrong with his party MLAs' assertions, asking, "Siddaramaiah has been the best Chief Minister. He is our CLP leader. What is wrong in expressing opinions?". He, however, prefaced this by claiming that there was no crack in the Congress-JD(S) alliance and added that there are no complaints against Kumaraswamy as CM either.
Kumaraswamy has time and again expressed his displeasure at being a part of a coalition government. Last year in July the Chief Minister broke down in tears while addressing a public rally in Bengaluru insisting that the post of the chief minister was not 'a bed of roses'.
He said: “I'm not happy. I know the pain of the coalition government. I have become Vishakantha (Lord Shiva) and swallowing the pain of this coalition government.
Kumaraswamy further said that he hasn’t become the CM to “enjoy power” but to “solve the problems of people”.
“My wish to become CM was not to enjoy power but to solve the problems of my people of the state and to fulfill the unfinished agenda of my father which was to solve the problems of the farmers, daily wage workers and downtrodden people irrespective of caste and religion. But People of the state didn't take me into confidence to solve all the problems,” said Kumaraswamy.
The Congress and JD(S) will be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka together, something that was reiterated by Siddaramaiah in December last year. At that time, the seat-sharing formula had not yet been decided.
Over the Congress-JD(S) spat, BJP emphasised how Kumaraswamy warns the highest leadership of the Congress party to 'control his legislators' meanwhile, Congress 'maintains that no development work has taken place in seven months' mocking the alliance and taking a dig at the "Majboot vs Majboor sarkaar'