The Janata Dal (Secular) leaders and workers are upset over Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy shedding tears at a function on Saturday. They are worried about the Opposition BJP politicising the issue to attack the JD(S)-Congress coalition government at a time when the Lok Sabha polls are round the corner.
Some senior leaders are defending the Chief Minister by describing it as an “emotional outburst”. At the same time, they also cautioned him that breaking down in public would be detrimental to the coalition government.
Defending the Chief Minister, Animal Husbandry Minister Venkatarao Nadagouda said Mr. Kumaraswamy’s tears were a testimony of the concern he had for people and their problems. “Those who have faith in humanity can understand the tears of Mr. Kumaraswamy, but not those who are stone-hearted,” he said, adding that in just two months, the Chief Minister had done whatever was possible to help the people and envisaged pro-people programmes.
Senior party leader Basavaraj Horatti has advised Mr. Kumaraswamy against becoming desperate and losing hope. Speaking to
, Mr. Horatti said: “The pressure is inevitable in a coalition set up and there is no need to get disturbed. For any leader, whose intention is to do good to the people, criticism will be a hurdle. I’m confident that Mr. Kumaraswamy will cross all those hurdles.”
Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly S.G. Krishna Reddy also defended the Chief Minister and said: “Mr. Kumaraswamy is a sensitive person and his heart melts when he comes across people in trouble, because of systemic failures. That does not mean that he is in political crisis.”
Another senior leader said that he had advised Mr. Kumaraswamy on the impact of breaking down in public. According to him, shedding tears in public will create suspicion in the minds of people and as the Chief Minister, he should not give scope for that.
“The Chief Minister should take both appreciation and criticism in equal measure. He need not feel elated or dejected when somebody praises or criticises. Turning emotional sends a wrong message to the people, who support secular parties. Mr. Kumaraswamy should be courageous to face any circumstance,” said a senior party functionary.
The Chief Minister should take both appreciation and criticism in equal measure. He need not feel elated or dejected when somebody praises or criticises. Turning emotional sends a wrong message to the people, who support secular parties.senior party leader
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