Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said Muslims should “realize” that the BJP came to power in the state because of the Congress. He claimed that the Congress will never come to power again and that the future belongs to regional parties. Kumaraswamy made this claim in the wake of recent elections in five states, including West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and the decline in the performance of national parties.
Kumaraswamy, the second senior-most leader in the Janata Dal (Secular), said, “If the BJP is in power in Karnataka at this time, it is because of the Congress. My Muslim brothers should understand this. If BJP has come to power in the state, it is not because of JD(S).”
Kumaraswamy said this while addressing a reception organized on the occasion of joining the JD(S) of political workers led by Kader Sheikh, a local leader from Hanagal in North Karnataka, at the party office here.
The Hanagal assembly seat has been vacated by the death of six-time BJP MLA and former minister CM Udasi. The JD(S) leader said, “The Congress does not have the power to come to power alone. Our Muslim brothers need to understand this fact or else you will continue to get shocks.
He claimed that in the year 2013, the Congress got majority due to the split of BJP into three parts – one BJP and the other two groups Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Minister B Sriramulu.
Kumaraswamy said that it is ridiculous that there is a struggle going on within the Congress over who will become the Chief Minister if it wins the next election.
“There is an internal battle going on in the Congress as to who will be the next chief minister while elections are still two years away. They are eager to come to power and cannot wait even for two years. They have started sewing their suits thinking that they have come to power.
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