BJP slams Kumaraswamy, says he has become Chief Manager of Congress ATM in Karnataka


New Delhi, The BJP on Monday slammed Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy for his reported comments that he was not indebted to the 6.5 crore people of the state, but to the Congress party for coming to power and that he was at the mercy of his coalition partner. Describing the remarks as ``demeaning to democracy’’, BJP national spokesman Sambit Patra said, ``this is the fall-out of playing with the mandate of the people for petty politics’’. Charging Mr Kumaraswamy with becoming the ``ATM of the Congress party', he said the Congress party looks at Karnataka as an ATM machine and Mr Kumaraswamy has become the Chief Manager (CM) of the Congress ATM machine. ``The question is, who is the Chief Minister of Karnataka?’’ Mr Patra said his party leaders had been saying that Karnataka will be run from 10, Janpath and that is evident today. ``It is sad that the Congress and JD (S) are celebrating but not the people of Karnataka.’’ He said,``Clearly while for BJP, the country and its 125 crore people are family, for Congress one family is everything. Just yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded us that while for BJP the mandate is for 125 crore, for the Congress, it is for a family.' Mr Patra said the picture of alliance between opposition leaders projected from the dais at the time of the Chief Minister's swearing-in in Karnataka was nothing but politics of compulsion as TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu has already declared that Congress President Rahul Gandhi will not be acceptable as Prime Minister and All-India Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee is known to hold similar views.Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati has said if she does not get the mandate (in 2019) she will go in for introspection. He said the picture was of 'confusion most confounded' reminding one of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blaming it on ``compulsion of alliances’’ whenever asked about corruption and slow pace of development during United Progressive Alliance regime. JD (S) was the third-largest party in the recently held election in Karnataka but after a post-poll alliance with the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress Party, formed government, while the BJP, even after winning the highest number of seats, is in opposition as it fell short of a majority to form government.