Did not mean to show disrespect to people: Kumaraswamy on ‘at mercy of Congress’ remark

Prime News, National (New Delhi), May 29:- Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy clarified on Monday that his remarks that he was at the ‘mercy’ of the Congress and not the people were not to show disrespect to the people but stress the fact that his continuance in the post depended on the coalition partner. He added that he was committed to waiving farm loans or else he would retire from politics.

“I am the CM who has the responsibility to six-and-half crore people of the state. My remark that I am at the mercy of the Congress party meant that I am Chief Minister as long as their support is with me, and to run any programmes I will need their support is what I said,” Kumaraswamy said while seeking to clarify his remarks, which evoked sharp criticism from the BJP.

“In a coalition government, I never said it won’t be possible to waive farm loan. What I had said was that in a coalition government, whatever decisions have to be taken would be in consultation and with permission from coalition partner Congress. Why are you (media) spreading that Kumaraswamy took a U-turn or right turn, I don’t understand… Don’t twist my statements and confuse people,” he said.

Slamming his opponents for giving a twist to his remarks, Kumaraswamy said that in the run-up to the Assembly polls, he had asked the people to give him a clear mandate so that he could work independently under the obligation of people. “My appeal was rejected by the people of the state,” he told reporters.

Assuring people on the issue of farm loan waiver, Kumaraswamy said, “I have clearly said that I will waive farm loan. I had promised during the election that I would do it within 24 hours (of assuming office). That is true. At least you should give time to breathe. Today, I have limitations. If I don’t do it, I have clearly said that I will retire from politics and I will resign as chief minister. Why cannot you wait for some time?” Kumaraswamy told reporters. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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