"I am at Congress mercy", says Kumaraswamy

UNI
Monday, 28 May 2018

Kumaraswamy, who took oath as the Chief Minister on May 23, is in the capital to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers.

New Delhi: Even as the discussion on the Cabinet formation is underway, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday said that he is at the mercy of the Congress party and that he cannot do anything without their permission. 

"I am at the mercy of Congress. But I am responsible for development of state. I have to do my job as Chief Minister. I have to take permission from Congress leaders, without their permission I can't do anything, they've given me support", Kumaraswamy told mediapersons after landing in the national capital.  

Kumaraswamy, who took oath as the Chief Minister on May 23, is in the capital to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers.  

"This is a cordial meeting. After taking over the charge of Karnataka Chief Minister, it is my duty to meet and respect the Prime Minister", he said. 

"Kumaraswamy reiterated that he is "not under pressure from the 6.5 crore people of Karnataka," since they did not give him full mandate, but "at the mercy of the Congress", which is supporting his government. 

"Mine is not an independent government. I had requested the people to give me a mandate that prevents me from succumbing to any pressure other than them. But today I am at the mercy of the Congress. I am not under the pressure of the 6.5 crore people of Karnataka," Kumaraswamy said on Sunday. 

Responding to a question on the cabinet formation, he said he met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and several other leaders added that the issues will be "smoothly sorted out". 

"I met Ghulam Nabi Azad and several Congress leaders and discussed several issues such as cabinet formation, common minimum programme, forming the co-ordination committee, I think within one or two days all the issues will be smoothly sorted out.
  
Few days ago, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had discussed about the portfolio allocation with his leaders from Karnataka.  

Kumaraswamy had also admitted that there were some "issues" on cabinet formation that needs to be sorted. As agreed between the two parties, the Congress will have 22 Ministers and the JD(S) will get 12 Ministers including the Chief Ministerstership.

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