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Karnataka crisis: Can't keep quiet now, is this the way to run a coalition govt, says Deve Gowda

NEW DELHI: The disaster in Karnataka's ruling coalition of Congress-JD(S) is far from over. Days after leader minister HD Kumaraswamy threatened to renounce over grievance by means of Congress MLAs, his father and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has now spoken out in opposition to Congress, the senior coalition partner within the state.

"I am in pain, today six months have completed since Kumaraswamy became chief minister. All kinds of things have happened in these 6 months, till now I have not opened my mouth but I can’t keep quiet now," Deve Gowda said.

"Is this the way to run a coalition government, where every day you have to request your coalition partner to not give unparliamentary remarks," the previous Prime Minister said.

Meanwhile, amid studies of cracks within the Congress-JD(S) alliance, CM Kumaraswamy has requested everybody to have consider in him.

"I'm telling you all and people of the state to have belief in me. Yes, I said yesterday that I will resign due to certain developments. Few people are talking against me which is why I had said so," Kumaraswamy said on Thursday.

Earlier, two Congress MLAs, ST Somashekar and MTB Nagaraj, had said that they just believe former leader minister Siddaramaiah as their chief, and no longer Kumaraswamy.

Reacting to the remarks of these Congress MLAs, Kumaraswamy had said: "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."

The state Congress had warned its MLAs to not speak in opposition to the chief minister.

(With inputs from ANI/PTI)

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