“Can’t Be Quiet Anymore”: Deve Gowda warns over jibes from Congress legislators

As the Congress legislators are taking frequent shots at Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, the Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda on Thursday condemned and warned that he cannot remain silent on the matter anymore.

He demanded that the Congress stop its legislators from speaking loose remarks that could hurt their working relationship. He stated that “Is this any way to run a coalition government? Every day, we have to request our coalition partner to not utter unparliamentary remarks.”

Mr Gowda said that “All kinds of things have happened in these six months. I have not opened my mouth till now, but I can’t keep quiet anymore.”

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Earlier on Wednesday, Deve Gowda at a party workers convention said that there had been attempts by Congress MLAs to insult CM HD Kumaraswamy.

While taking an indirect dig at former CM Siddaramaiah, he said that he had never made a critical remark about Congress rule in the previous five years, but some Congress MLAs often spoke in an accusatory tone against the CM Kumaraswamy.

Mr Gowda had said that the JD(S) had been treating its partner well and the government was answering to requests from individual Congress MLAs, but even then they were critical of the government.

He stated that “I will not let the JD(S)-Congress coalition to break. At the same time, Congress leaders should also stop passing casual remarks on us.”

Earlier on Monday, the Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy offered to quit if the coalition partner Congress could not control its MLAs from criticizing his style of functioning.

He had said that “I am ready to quit if my style of functioning is not acceptable to anyone. The Congress must control its MLAs and resolve the issues. If they remark against me frequently in open meetings, I am willing to step down,” Kumaraswamy told the media here.

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