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I Am At Mercy Of Congress And Not 6.5 Crore People Of Karnataka, Says CM Kumaraswamy

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| May 28 , 2018 , 08:57 IST

Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister, JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday claimed that he was at the 'mercy' of alliance partner Congress and not the 6.5 crore people of Karnataka since his government had not received the full mandate of the public.

"The people of the state rejected me and our party. I had sought an absolute majority," said Kumaraswamy to media.

"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 you. But today I am at the mercy of the Congress. I am not under the pressure of the 6.5 crore people of the state," the Karnataka CM said.

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Kumaraswamy slammed the BJP and other farmers' leaders pressuring him for the farm loan waivers, emphasising that farm loan waivers were his priority.

"I am one step ahead of you to work for the farmers. You need not have to ask me for my resignation over farm loan waiver. If I fail to do that then I myself will resign from the post. Farm loan waiver is my priority. Can't you wait for a week? Even the cabinet has not been formed yet," he added.

The statements from CM Kumaraswamy come in the midst of the BJP calling for a state-wide bandh on Monday demanding immediate waiver of farm loans worth Rs. 53,000 crore as promised by the JD(S) in their manifesto.

The post-poll alliance formed between the Congress and the JD(S) took place as the Congress won 78 seats and the JD(S) won 38 seats, neither securing a clear majority. The single largest party in the Karnataka elections was the BJP, however, with 104 seats, even the BJP did not have a majority.