HD Kumaraswamy lashes out at media, says he was misinterpreted over ‘swallowing poison’ remarks


Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday clarified that he was misquoted when he expressed his pain from a public platform last week making it clear that he was not unhappy with the state’s Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government.


“I didn’t speak about Congress or any Congress leader. I didn’t mention anything about Congress in my speech. That was a party program and I got emotional, Media misinterpreted my speech,” news agency ANI quoted Kumaraswamy.

In an interview with NDTV, Kumaraswamy said, “I’ve been totally misinterpreted by the media and this is the pain I was talking about. I’ve been doing so much, I’ve been taking so many decisions for the welfare of Karnataka. Still the media, right from the formation of our coalition government, has been bashing me.”

“I want to clarify, I’m receiving full support from the Congress and I see Congress President Rahul Gandhi with utmost respect. He’s a true innocent leader,” the Chief Minister added.

Kumaraswamy broke down in public last Saturday and said he was being forced to become Vishakanth, referring to Lord Shiva swallowing poison for the good of the world.

Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal(Secular) and the Congress joined hands after the 12 May Karnataka assembly polls and the parties have sparred with each other over a range of issues, from the state budget to the appointment of pro-tem chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council.

Many pundits had concluded that Kumaraswamy’s public break down was sign that all was not well with the two coalition partners in the state. What had also contributed to the speculation over rift was his deputy and Congress leader, Parameshwara, who advised the chief minister to desist from crying. “How can he say that? He must be definitely happy, CM has to be always happy, if he’s happy we’ll all be happy,” he was quoted by ANI.

The Congress despite winning 80 seats in the 224-seat assembly had offered the post of chief minister to Kumaraswamy’s party, the JDS, even though it had won only 38 seats.

The formation of this coalition was to prevent the ‘communal’ BJP from forming the government in this key south Indian state.

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