Expressing helplessness at the shaky state of the coalition state government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, on Tuesday has said that he could not publically share the problems he faces every day as CM while addressing a public rally, breaking down yet again.
" I cannot tell what problems I am facing openly. I am the chief minister now but I cannot share the pain that I face every day with you. If I do then they will question me as to how will I be able to solve the problems faced by people. On one hand, I have ensured this government functions peacefully and on the other, I'll have to keep assuring our bureaucrats that this government is safe. I have all these responsibilities," he said.
Assuring the public that they have done the right thing in reposing confidence in him, he added that the public need not have any doubts while complaining about the chaos he faces each day. Kumaraswamy’s has had repeated breakdowns during the Lok Sabha campaign which he defended it by saying that he is an emotional man.
Earlier on Saturday, after two independent MLAs had been inducted into the Karnataka State cabinet, Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao aid a "reshuffle will definitely happen", and several senior leaders will be "taken into confidence".
On Friday, Independent legislators R Shankar and H Nagesh had been inducted to stabilize the rocky coalition. Other than Siddaramaiah and top ministers, most of the Congress leaders and senior legislators such as H K Patil, B C Patil and Sudhakar who are ministerial aspirants, had skipped Friday's swearing-in ceremony.
Under the coalition arrangement, out of the total 34 ministerial positions, Congress and JD(S) have 22 and 12 berths respectively. Prior to the expansion, three posts were vacant-two from JD(S) and one from Congress. There is still one post vacant in the JD(S) share.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition has seen major controversy during the poll campaign where Congress leaders and JD(S) openly questioned each other's authority. There have also been instances where CLP leader Siddaramaiah has questioned Kumaraswamy's skill to be the Chief Minister as growing dissent among the Congress MPs have also lead to defection. Kumaraswamy has also taken many potshots at Siddaramaiah openly when reports of him wanting to be chief minister again came out.
Adding to their woes, in a setback to the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka in 2019 elections, the BJP swept 25 parliamentary constituencies out of a total of 28, leaving Congress to one seat. The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 117 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 104 seats