Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has come down heavily on Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda’s comment that shedding tears during the election was their family business. “I will say that our family has a patent over it (shedding tears). Ours is a life of emotions and tears are an expression of pain in our hearts,” Kumaraswamy said while speaking to reporters at Hunsur. While campaigning for the JDS candidate contesting the assembly bypoll, Kumaraswamy burst into tears at Kikkeri in KR Pet segment on Wednesday, saying people of Mandya had deserted him by defeating his son Nikhil in the Lok Sabha election this year.
“The people of Mandya have deserted me. I never wanted my son to contest the election but because of your insistence I fielded him,” said Kumaraswamy as he broke down during a public meeting at Kikkeri village in Mandya district.
Continuing his attack on Gowda, Kumaraswamy said that the Union minister always keeps smiling because he has no humanity. “Dear Sadananda Gowda, I don't know how to cry applying Vicks or glycerine. I cry when I see the poor people in tears. He has no humanity and needs glycerine to shed tears,” Kumaraswamy said.
Claiming that Gowda has never responded to the poor and needy people, Kumaraswamy asked Gowda to explain how many flood victims did he assist.
“How many poor people come to your house and how many of them secured any relief from you? Even after 70 years of independence, there are people coming to us without food and clothes. When I see them, I get upset,” Kumaraswamy said.