Irked by Satire Shows, Kumaraswamy Hits Out at News Channels For Ridiculing Politicians, Wants Law to Regulate Media

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The Supreme Court on Friday barred Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from changing status quo on either resignations or disqualification of Congress-JD(S) MLAs. The apex court will now hear the case again on Tuesday, July 16.

Bengaluru, May 20: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday hit out at news channels for ridiculing politicians through their satire shows, adding he felt there was a need to bring in a law to regulate the media. "What do you think of politicians? You think that we are so easily available to be mocked? Who has given you powers to present everything sarcastically," Kumaraswamy asked news channels.

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"Whom are you trying to favour by belittling us among the masses? I feel the need to bring in a law," the chief minister added. Addressing a public meeting in Mysuru, Kumaraswamy also lashed out at sections of media for raising doubts about the longevity of the Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition government in the state. He said the alliance will continue to rule with the "good wishes" of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Mallikarjun Kharge Should Have Become CM Long Ago: Kumaraswamy.

"This government will not go so easily as is being projected that soon after the election results on May 23 (the government would fall). It will continue with the good wishes of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and (former chief minister) Siddaramaiah," Kumaraswamy said. "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," the JDS leader said. BJP Says Kumaraswamy Violated Poll Code in Nava Bengaluru Scheme Project Allocation.

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Kumaraswamy further criticised 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 sit 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. (With PTI inputs)