HDK gives himself time till general elections, not confident of days beyond.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumarasamy is not confident that he will last the full five years in the CM’s chair. He has given himself less than a year to remain in power.
On Friday, HDK said no one can ‘touch’ him at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are over. After that he was not sure.
“This coalition government will function with stability. I know, no one can touch me for one year. I will be there at least for one year, until the Lok Sabha election is over. Until then, no one can do anything to me,” he said indicating that his seat is assured only till the general elections.
The Congress is keen not to rock the boat in Karnataka till at least the general elections; if it does, it would be a setback for Opposition unity to take on the BJP. That is something that the Congress wants to avoid. But after that, the game will be open.
Addressing an event here, Kumaraswamy said in the limited period he has, he would not remain silent and would focus on taking decisions for the benefit of the state, indicating that he has a free hand.
“So in the opportunity that I have got, rather than going into what others have done, what I have done will be my message. In doing this, the environment is also in my favour,” he added referring to a bountiful monsoon.
Though Kumaraswamy has been saying that the Congress, the bigger partner in the coalition, has assured him a full 5 year term, there are voices coming from the coalition partner on the need to vacate the CM chair after 2 years.
Deputy CM G Parameshwara added a new twist when he recently contradicted Kumaraswamy saying that the Congress has given no assurance to the JD(S) on how long HDK can occupy the CM chair.
Kumaraswamy is under intense pressure from within his party and the infighting in the Congress. His comment on this lifespan in power comes in the wake of a few MLAs meeting under the leadership of MB Patil of the Congress. This group is growing and even disgruntled JD(S) MLAs have started sending feelers.
Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy reiterated that he was committed to waiving farm loans and would announce it shortly.
He dismissed reports that he had a wavering mind on the waiver of farm loans. “I shall not run away from my commitment,” he said.
“Dear farmers, Let there be no confusion on farm loan waiver. I am fully committed to the loan waiver. I want to ensure it is done scientifically benefiting maximum number of farmers. I am working on the the modalities and will announce it shortly,” Kumaraswamy said in a tweet on his official twitter handle.