‘Chief minister’s post is not bed of roses,’ says HD Kumaraswamy on coalition government


KARNATAAKA: Kumaraswamy said he was not happy being the chief minister, and added that he will resign within a few hours if the pressure gets to him.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said he was “not happy about being the chief minister” and that the post was “not a bed of roses”. “I have swallowed poison like Lord Vishakantha,” Kumaraswamy said at an event organised to felicitate him in Bengaluru. “You all are happy that I became the CM [chief minister]. But I’m not,” he told party workers.

The Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) forged a post-poll alliance to form the government in Karnataka. Janata Dal (Secular) Karnataka chief HD Kumaraswamy took oath as the chief minister on May 23. Following the Assembly election in mid-May, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s BS Yeddyurappa was initially sworn in as the chief minister but resigned two days later as his party, despite being the largest, did not have the numbers to prove its majority.
“The CM’s post is not a bed of roses, it’s a bed of thorns,” he said, adding that he has to work with coalition partner Congress, fend off opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and satisfy the aspirations of his own party, Janata Dal (Secular). “If the pressure gets to me, I’ll have no hesitation in resigning in less than a couple of hours. I’m not after power. I was only interested in becoming [chief minister] to save our farmers from debt trap,” he said.

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