Taking exception to being called a “tragedy king” by former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy said on Monday that he had nothing to learn from BJP leaders who made baseless allegations.

“You will see whether I am tragic leader or a strong leader in the days ahead. I do not mind being a tragic leader as I have tried to protect my land,” Mr. Kumaraswamy told reporters in Ramanagara on Monday. “I do not have to learn anything from BJP leaders, who supported me 12 years ago and within two months accused me of Rs. 200 crore corruption,” he said.

Mr. Jaitley, in a Facebook post, had cited Mr. Kumaraswamy’s emotional outburst on Saturday when he shed tears before his party cadre and leaders. He said the country required a decisive leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not a Chief Minister of a coalition who wept before the cameras.

“What has the strong leader done today,” Mr. Kumaraswamy asked. “As a tragic leader, I waived farm loans worth Rs. 40,000 crore. Loan waiver could not be implemented by Narendra Modi.”

The Chief Minister said he had become emotional at not getting public support for his people-centric programmes in difficult times.

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