New Delhi, May: The BJP on Monday termed as “absolutely demeaning” the remarks of Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy that he was at mercy of Congress and not of the state’s 6.5 crore people, saying he has become “chief manager of the Congress’ ATM machine” in the state. Talking to media persons here, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Kumaraswamy’s remarks were akin to abusing democracy.
“This is absolutely demeaning to the democratic fabric of the country. This is the fallout when you play with the mandate of the people for your petty political reasons. The kind of statement that Kumaraswamy has made is completely against from the essential tenets of the democracy,” he said. He said BJP chief Amit Shah had already expressed apprehension that the way “people’s mandate has been ignored” in Karnataka, the state government will be run from 10 Janpath - the address of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. “Today, Congress is celebrating, JD-S is celebrating but the people of Karnataka are not celebrating, they are sad,” he claimed. Patra said Modi and Shah had raised questions over Congress intentions in Karnataka, alleging that the Congress looks at Karnataka “as their ATM machine”. “After the statement of Kumaraswamy, we can say that the Congress has found a new manager for its ATM machine in Karnataka. Kumaraswamy has become the CM i.e. the Chief Manager of the Congress’ ATM machine. The question is who is the Chief Minister of Karnataka?” (IANS)