Somashekar apologises; Congress warns leaders against crossing ‘ Lakshman rekha’
A day after his public criticism of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy over alleged lack of development in Bengaluru during the last seven months, Congress MLA and BDA chairman S.T. Somashekar on Monday expressed his regret and apologised to the Chief Minister for the remarks.
In a damage-control move, K.C. Venugopal, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, directed State Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao to seek a clarification from Mr. Somashekhar, two-time MLA for Yeshwanthpur.
Mr. Rao tweeted, “Somashekar has now apologised for his criticism of the coalition government. Somashekar came to KPCC office and explained his statement to me. He expressed his regret and apologised to the CM for any anguish caused.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Rao warned Congress leaders and legislators not to make controversial statements and not to cross the “ Lakshman rekha”.
Mr. Rao said any act of indiscipline by way of comments or behaviour would not be tolerated and disciplinary action would be initiated. “Our coalition with the JD(S) is for taking on the communal forces and unseating the anti-democratic forces ruling this country, and not for indulging in petty politicking,” he said.