Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is a worried man these days. Recently, his angry self was on full display to television cameras as the Income Tax sleuths raided properties related to people close to his party, JDS, and alliance partner, Congress, at multiple locations. Kumaraswamy led a protest in front of IT office in Bengaluru against “the politically motivated raids” ahead of elections.
Incidentally, three of Kumaraswamy’s family members are contesting Lok Sabha elections as JDS-Congress alliance candidates. His father and former prime minister Deve Gowda is contesting from Tumkur whereas the son of his brother and PWD minister Revanna, Prajwal, is fighting from Hassan.
More importantly, chief minister’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy is locked in a tough fight with Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency. Although a candidate of JDS-Congress alliance, the open rebellion from Congress workers and local leaders against Nikhil Kumaraswamy has bothered the chief minister. The going got tougher for Nikhil as Sandalwood superstars Darshan and Yash lent their star powers to support Sumalatha.
It is understandable if poll-related tension gets better of chief minister Kumaraswamy, who is seen, often, handing out angry sound bites to the media. But his latest grouse seems to be the air time Prime Minister Narendra Modi occupies on TV.
“Modi wakes up every morning, applies makeup or wax to get a shine on his face and sits in front of cameras. But we take bath once in the morning and wash our face only the next day. Our faces don’t look good on cameras. That’s why even the media shows only Modi,” Kumaraswamy was seen telling the media.