At mercy of Congress and not 6.5 crore people of Karnataka: Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today. This will be his first official meet with the Prime Minister of India, just after forming a coalition Government with the Congress in the state.

The Karnataka CM had suggested that farm loan waiver was one of the priority of his Government as he had promised that he would resign if he failed to fulfill it. However, he reminded people that JD(S) did not get an absolute majority.

“The people of the state rejected me and our party. I had sought an absolute majority. I have heard the statements of farm leaders too and how much they supported me,” he said.

“Mine is not an independent government. I had requested the people to give me a mandate that prevents me from succumbing to any pressure other than you. But today I am at the mercy of the Congress. I am not under the pressure of the 6.5 crore people of the state,” Kumaraswamy said.

The Chief Minister said he has certain compulsions as a politician. However, he has absolutely clarity on the issue of farm loan waivers, he said. Slamming BJP and other farmers’ leaders, he said there was no need for any farmers’ association to pressurise him (on farm loan waiver).

The BJP has given a call for a state-wide bandh on Monday, as Kumaraswamy failed to announce the loan waiver within 24 hours of coming to power. The bandh call is being supported by some farmer organisations.

“I am one step ahead of you to work for the farmers. You need not have to ask me for my resignation over farm loan waiver. If I fail to do that then I myself will resign from the post. Farm loan waiver is my priority. Can’t you wait for a week? Even the cabinet has not been formed yet,” he added.

His remarks came in the wake of BJP’s call for a state-wide bandh tomorrow, demanding immediate waiver of farm loans, as promised by the JD(S) in their manifesto.

BJP state president had on May 25 announced a state-wide bandh on May 28 if farm loans worth Rs 53,000 crore were not waived by then. JD(S) leadership has been saying they have to seek the consent of its coalition partner Congress before taking any decision.