Lok Sabha elections 2019: Mallikarjun Kharge for CM: B. S. Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah debate
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy’s remark that veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge should have been offered the chief minister post has triggered a twitter debate and SiddaramaiahUpdated: May 17, 2019 14:46 IST
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s remark that veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge should have been offered the chief minister post has triggered a twitter debate between him and the ruling coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah.
Kumaraswamy’s statement about Kharge had come at a time when there was growing clamour within the Congress for Siddaramaiah to become CM once again, resulting in a public spat between the Congress and JDS.
Addressing a gathering in Chincholi, Kumaraswamy on Tuesday had said, Kharge should have become the Chief Minister long ago.
Kumaraswamy’s comment was even seen as an attempt to checkmate CLP leader Siddaramaiah, who had hinted on his ambition for the top job. In a measured response to chief minister’s statement, Siddaramaiah Thursday said, PWD minister and Kumaraswamy’s older brother HD Revanna too has the capability for the top job.
“What Kumaraswamy has said is right. Mallikarjun Kharge has capability not only to become Chief Minister, but even higher position. There are several people in Congress and JD(S) who have the capability to become CM. HD Revanna is also one among them. For every thing time has to come,” Siddaramaiah said in a tweet. Kumaraswamy said giving any political colour to his comment or analysing by misunderstanding it is “not healthy”.
“I don’t have a shabby interest to get political advantage through this statement...Kharge’s personality is something that is beyond party or caste lines,” he said in a tweet.
Kharge could have also become CM of the present Congress-JDS coalition government, but he said he will abide by party high command’s decision, Kumaraswamy had noted.
First Published: May 17, 2019 14:46 IST