Senior Cong leader accuses some party leaders of 'tormenting' Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru
16 Jul 2018

Senior Karnataka Congress leader K B Koliwad today accused some of his own party leaders of "tormenting" chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, who had said that he was "not happy" being in the top post and was swallowing the pain like 'Vishakantha' (Lord Shiva), who drank poison.
"There are some Congress leaders who are tormenting him. I won't disclose the names. Those who are not able to digest the (Congress-JDS) coalition government are simmering from inside and are giving trouble to Kumaraswamy," said former Assembly speaker Koliwad, while reacting to Kumaraswamy's emotional breakdown. Reflecting strains in the JD-S-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, a teary-eyed Kumaraswamy had told a meeting of the JD-S workers here on Saturday that he was "not happy" being in the top post and was swallowing the pain like 'Vishakantha' (Lord Shiva), who drank poison.
Asked whether he was referring to former Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah, Koliwad said he would not reveal the names.  "Let people think whom I am referring to," he said. "Mallikarjun Kharge (opposition Congress leader) and (deputy chief minister) Parameshwara have supported this government. It is up to the people to decide who is creating trouble for Kumaraswamy," the Congress leader told newspersons here. His remarks are being interpreted in political circles as a reference to Siddaramaiah, whom he had openly attacked, blaming his "dictatorial attitude" for the defeat of the Congress in the recent Assembly polls in the state. Koliwad reminded the Congress leaders that the government, led by Kumaraswamy, was formed on the directions of the party high command.
The senior Congress leader said he firmly believed that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government has to run successfully and all the Congress leaders need to support it so that the two parties win the maximum number of seats in the Lok Sabha polls next year. Kumaraswamy has been on a bumpy road since he became a chief minister on May 23, heading the coalition government, confronting wranglings over portfolio allocation and presentation of the budget.