BJP mocks at Kumaraswamy for flying abroad to celebrate New Year

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Bengaluru, Dec 29 (IANS) Dubbing Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy an “accidental CM”, the opposition BJP on Saturday mocked at him for going abroad with his family to celebrate the New Year at a time when many parts of the state were reeling under drought.

“If there was a movie titled #AccidentalCM, who will play the role of @hd_kumaraswamy?,” asked the party’s state unit in a tweet.

The tweet was in response to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office that Kumaraswamy was going abroad on late Friday night with family on a personal visit and would return to Bengaluru on January 1.

An official, however, told IANS that the Chief Minister flew to Singapore with his wife Anita and son Nikhil on a holiday, as “he has been going every year-end over the years”.

“After the new government was formed (in May), 377 farmers have ended lives; 156 talukas (sub-districts) are declared drought-hit, (farm) loan waiver has not been done and Karnataka has slipped to a debt-ridden state… and here we have the so-called son of soil CM @hd_kumaraswamy celebrating new year in Singapore,” said the party in another tweet.

A hung verdict in the May 12 assembly elections forced the Congress to forge an alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and form a coalition government on May 23 after the 3-day BJP government fell on May 19 due to lack of a majority.

It fell short of seven members for a simple majority (111) in the 224-member House, with two vacancies and one Speaker.

The BJP has coined the phrase ‘Accidental CM’ on the lines of a yet-to-be released Bollywood biopic ‘Accidental PM’ on the life of former UPA Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, played by Hindi popular star Anupem Kher.

–IANS

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