28/01/2019 3:39 PM IST

'Ready To Quit': Kumaraswamy Upset After Congress MLA Demands Siddaramaiah Be CM

Congress MLA ST Somashekhar also claimed that development works had come to a grinding halt in parts of Karnataka.

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A file image of Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy.

BENGALURU — The acrimony between the Congress and the JD(S) in Karnataka reached a new high with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Monday threatening to step down, saying he never “craved” for power.

His comments a day after a ruling Congress MLA demanded that Siddaramaiah be made the chief minister again.

At an event in the city on Sunday, ST Somashekhar had claimed that development works had come to a grinding halt here and other parts of the state.

Strongly reacting to the comments, Kumaraswamy said, “If my way of functioning is not acceptable, I am ready to resign. I don’t crave for position.

“Our government has taken up projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore including suburban train, elevated corridor and peripheral ring road,” the chief minister told reporters after dedicating six-coach metro rail on ‘Green Line’ at the Mantri Square Metro Station.

A red-faced Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao, who too was present there, said such statements by the Congress MLAs were not acceptable and a showcause notice would be issued to them.

“Today Rs 8,000 crore worth work is happening. I condemn such public statements and will issue a showcause notice to them,” Rao told reporters.

“Morning I saw ST Somashekhar’s statement. It breaches the disciplinary line. The coalition government has done lots of development work in Bengaluru.”

The works sanctioned by the previous Siddaramaiah government were also being taken up, he said.

Noting that Somashekhar was chairperson of the Bengaluru Development Authority, he said, “His public statement is inappropriate. I condemn it and I will issue a showcause notice to him.”

“If there are any shortcomings in our government, they should discuss straightaway with chief minister or Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara, who is in charge minister of Bengaluru... We cannot tolerate indiscipline,” he said.

AICC general secretary and Karnataka in charge KC Venugopal said in a tweet, “Instructed Karnataka PCC to send a showcause notice to Somashekhar MLA seeking clarification on his controversial remarks.

“If the explanation is not satisfactory, party will take strong disciplinary action.@INCIndia will not tolerate any such indiscipline statements and actions,” he said.

Somashekhar had Sunday said, “The coalition government is in power for the past seven months but not a single work has taken place. It is Siddaramaiah who set up the Kempegowda Development Authority after the founder of Bengaluru city.”

Rubbishing the MLA’s demand, Siddaramaiah said the coalition government is for five years and there was no question of him becoming Chief Minister.

“There is no question of my becoming chief minister again. This government is for five years,” Siddaramaiah said.

Taking a potshot at the chief minister, BJP spokesperson Tejaswini Gowda said, “Kumaraswamy must practice what he says.He must step down.”