'You voted for Modi and want me to get your work done?' HD Kumaraswamy loses cool in meet with employees of thermal power station

HD Kumaraswamy lost his cool when employees of the Yermarus Thermal Power Station in Raichur district blocked his convoy to submit a list of their grievances.

Press Trust of India June 26, 2019 18:26:28 IST
'You voted for Modi and want me to get your work done?' HD Kumaraswamy loses cool in meet with employees of thermal power station
  • Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday lost his cool when employees of the Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) in Raichur district blocked his convoy to submit a list of their grievances

  • he chief minister was in Raichur for his 'Grama Vastavya' (village stay) programme

  • Later, Kumaraswamy told a television channel that he had sought 15 days time to address the workers' grievances but they blocked the road which made him angry

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday lost his cool when employees of the Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) in Raichur district blocked his convoy to submit a list of their grievances.

You voted for Modi and want me to get your work done HD Kumaraswamy loses cool in meet with employees of thermal power station

File image of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. AP

Kumaraswamy shouted at a group of workers who approached him. The chief minister was in Raichur for his 'Grama Vastavya' (village stay) programme. "You voted for Narendra Modi and want me to get your work done! You want me to give you respect. Should I baton-charge you? Leave the place," he told the YTPS employees, leaving onlookers shocked. The chief minister then left the place.

Later, Kumaraswamy told a television channel that he had sought 15 days time to address the workers' grievances but they blocked the road which made him angry. He asked if the Prime Minister's convoy was blocked would anyone accept it. This government is tolerant, but it is not incapable and knows how to deal with situations, said the 59-year-old chief minister.

He will spend the night at a government higher primary school in Karegudda under Manvi Taluk of the district as part of his 'Grama Vastavya' programme. This is the chief minister's second such stay, the first was in Chandaraki village in Yadgiri district.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka BJP condemned the chief minister's outburst and threatened to stage state-wide agitations if Kumaraswamy did not apologise to the masses. BJP MLC and spokesperson N Ravi Kumar said Kumaraswamy seemed to have forgotten that he is the chief minister of 6.5 crore people of the state and not only of some Janata Dal (Secular) workers and legislators.

Kumar said the chief minister's act was against democracy. "This is against democracy. The chief minister should immediately seek an apology from the people. He should call them and hear them. If this continues, the BJP will agitate against him across the state," Kumar told PTI. He reminded the chief minister that the purpose of the "Grama Vastavya" programme was to address the grievances of farmers, workers, women, children and people at large.

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