Addressing a public meeting in Mysuru, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy lashed out at the news channels for ‘belittling’ politicians in their satires and added that he was thinking of bringing in a law to regulate them. Kumaraswamy has said he feels the need to bring in a law to regulate news channels as he feels they “belittle” politicians on their satire programs.
“Whom are you (media) trying to help by misusing our name? I’m thinking of bringing in a law. What have you thought of us politicians? Do you think we’re jobless? Do we look like cartoon characters to you? Who gave you the authority to show everything humorously?” the chief minister said on Sunday, according to news agency ANI.
Karnataka CM also tore into a section of media for doubting the longevity of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by him and said it would continue with the ‘good wishes’ of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
“We are not surviving because of media but because of 6.5 crore people of the state. I am not scared of them (media) at all. I don't care... If I see all the episodes of their stories in the electronic media, I will lose sleep,” he said.
Kumaraswamy also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines.
“When we go to shrines, it is called Temple Run but they (news channels) are clueless when Modi goes to Badrinath (Kedarnath),” he said. "They said it was not for elections ...then what it was for? Didn't he sits there because his vote share is shrinking? If not that, then what else is the reason for sitting there meditating on Shiva," the chief minister asked.