Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday stressed the importance of the regional parties in Lok Sabha elections and claimed that these parties will play an important role in the formation of the next government at the Centre.
In an exclusive interview to WION, Kumaraswamy said that 2019 is an election of regional parties and that the Congress-JD(S) alliance will beat BJP.
“Local leaders must cooperate to achieve the full potential of the alliance,” Kumaraswamy said.
The Karnataka Chief Minister strongly criticised BJP and said that it has an unofficial alliance with ED, CBI and Income Tax department.
“Modi government is misusing the institutions. The raids on Opposition is part of political agenda and not good for democracy,” he said.
He also said that Pulwama was an intelligence failure and that Modi should be asked that how is he running the intelligence department of the country?
“Modi is not going to come back to power. The nationalist rhetoric is not going to work in this election,” said Kumaraswamy, adding that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has evolved into a mature politician.
In a controversial remark, Kumaraswamy said, “Modi is not a humane person and vengeance in politics does not work well. I urge the young community in the country not to get swayed by speeches of the Prime Minister.”
He also admitted that he has received full cooperation from the Congress leaders, but the alliance needs to work well on the ground. He also said that he has a comfortable working relationship with former chief minister Siddaramaiah.
The chief minister said that Hindutva will not work in the current elections as the job is the main issue on which the ruling government has failed miserably.
Karnataka will vote in the second and third phases of Lok Sabha election, scheduled on April 18 and 23, respectively.
(You can watch the full interview at 8.30 AM and 4.30 PM on Saturday, 9.30 and 1.30 PM on Sunday and 2.30 PM on Monday)
“Modi government is misusing the institutions. The raids on Opposition is part of political agenda and not good for democracy,” Karnataka CM said.