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Caught on cam: JD(S) leader H D Revanna ,Cong MLC Gopalaswamy engage in war of words

News Agencies | Updated on: 2 February 2019, 12:53 IST

Public Works Departments minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Revanna and Congress MLC Gopalaswamy engaged in a war of words during a meeting held on Saturday.

The quarrel broke out minutes after Revanna stated that no developmental works took place in Hassan district during the tenure of Siddaramaiah as chief minister between 2013 to 2018.

Responding to Revanna's claim, Gopalaswamy asserted, "How can you blame Sidharamaiah, he has allocated so many funds for carrying out developmental work. Don't blame Sidharamaiah."

Cabinet Ministers Krishna Byregowda and UT Khader also attended the meeting.

This is the second time that the coalition government in Karnataka faced a major blow.

On January 31, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had threatened to step down as he got infuriated over certain remarks made by some legislators of the Congress. He also stated that the legislators were "crossing the line".

However, the chief minister clarified that the remark was made as select individuals made statements against him.

"I am telling you all and people of the state to have belief in me. Yes, I said yesterday that I will resign due to certain developments. Few people are talking against me which is why I had said so," Kumaraswamy said.

In the 224-member Assembly, JD(S) has 37 seats and Congress 80 seats.

Ever since the Congress-JD(S) jointly formed the government in Karnataka in May last year, there have been murmurs in power corridors over the coalition.


First published: 2 February 2019, 12:53 IST