Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday lashed out at state Congress MLAs, saying they “were crossing the line”. He made the statement after a legislator said Congress leader Siddaramaiah was “still their chief minister”.
“If they (Congress MLAs) want to continue with the same thing, I am ready to step down. They are crossing the line,” Kumaraswamy said. “Congress leaders have to oversee all those issues. I’m not the concerned person for it. Congress leaders must control their MLAs.”
#WATCH: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy says “…If they want to continue with the same thing, I am ready to step down. They are crossing the line”, when asked ‘Congress MLAs are saying that Siddaramaiah is their CM’.’ pic.twitter.com/qwErh4aEq4
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2019
However, Deputy Chief Minister G Parmeshwara defended the Karnataka Congress MLA who made the remark, saying that considering Siddaramaiah their leader was just an opinion.
The rift between the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) has been evident for months, and there has been speculation over how long the coalition government would survive in Karnataka. Also, amid the power play between Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah, there have been rumours that the BJP was trying to play this discord to its advantage and poach Congress MLAs.
Karnataka politics has been going through a rather turbulent phase this month: the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and the BJP recently exchanged allegations of horsetrading, and MLAs spent time in resorts.
Siddaramaiah was chief minister of Karnataka before the state election held in May last year.
The Congress and the JD(S) formed a coalition government, and HD Kumaraswamy was sworn as chief minister. That happened after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, whose party emerged as the single largest in the election, resigned before a trust vote could be held.