HD Kumaraswamy slams media for 'belittling' politicians in satirical programmes, suggests bringing in law to ban practice

Mysuru: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy hit out at media organisations for "belittling" politicians on their satirical programmes, saying he was thinking of bringing a law to curb the practice.

"Whom are you (media) trying to help by misusing our name. I am thinking of bringing in a law. What have you thought of us politicians? Do you think we're jobless? You are belittling us. Do we look like cartoon characters to you? Who gave you the authority to show everything humorously?" Kumaraswamy said at a book launch on Sunday.

 HD Kumaraswamy slams media for belittling politicians in satirical programmes, suggests bringing in law to ban practice

File image of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy . PTI

Accusing BJP of hatching a conspiracy to dislodge the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state, the chief minister said that his government will not fall "easily." "This government will not go that easily. I heard that after election results are out on 23 May, some BJP leaders said they will be ready for another election in the state. These people have been waiting for a month now to do so. But let me tell you that this government is not going to fall that easily," Kumaraswamy said. Both Congress and JDS are in an uneasy coalition with differences within coming out in open often.

Earlier this month, BJP leader S Dattari had alleged that while Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is only concerned about the chief ministerial post, and Kumaraswamy is busy visiting temples to pray for his son Nikhil Gowda's victory in the Lok Sabha elections. "There is utter chaos in Karnataka. There is no governance as Siddaramaiah wants to become the chief minister of the state. Two Congress leaders have also supported him in this. On the other hand, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is on a temple run praying for his son's electoral victory," he had told ANI on 9 May. "Nobody is concerned about the farmers and the people of the state," he had added.

Karnataka, which has 28 Lok Sabha seats, went to polls in two phases on 18 April and 23 April. Counting of votes will take place on 23 May.

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Updated Date: May 20, 2019 12:34:02 IST