I’m not happy, swallowing pain of coalition government, says Kumaraswamy

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is not happy with the present situation of heading a coalition government which lacks the mandate of the people.

Less than two months after taking charge of the government, he broke down at a meeting of his party, the Janata Dal Secular, yesterday, claiming that the coalition with the Congress was painful.

“You may be happy thinking that your Anna or Thamma has become the chief minister, let me tell you that I am not. I am swallowing my pain, which is nothing more that poison,” he said at the meeting.

The alliance between Mr Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal Secular and the Congress was seen as a model for the anti-BJP front ahead of the 2019 general elections.

But it faced many challenges included a tussle over portfolios and the presentation of the state budget, which Mr Kumaraswamy’s predecessor Siddaramaiah was not in favour of as he had presented a full budget in February.

Both Congress and Mr Kumaraswamy had kept up a united front. But on Saturday, at a party meeting which was also meant to felicitate him, Mr Kumaraswamy became emotional.

“You are standing with flowers on roads, near my house, to wish me… you all are happy as I became the chief minister, but I’m not… I’m not happy. I know the pain of the coalition government. I became vishakant (Lord Shiva who drank poison) and swallowing the pain of this coalition government,” he told party workers.

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