'Do We Look Like Cartoons?' Miffed With Political Satires, Kumaraswamy Plans Law to Regulate Media

CM Kumaraswamy also slammed media sections to raise doubts about the longevity of the government headed by the JD(S)-Congress coalition read more...

'Do We Look Like Cartoons?' Miffed With Political Satires, Kumaraswamy Plans Law to Regulate Media
CM Kumaraswamy

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said he felt the need to introduce a law to regulate news channels as he felt they were "belittling" politicians on their satire programs.

Speaking at a public meeting in Mysuru, Kumaraswamy also slammed media sections for raising doubts about the longevity of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by him and claimed that it would continue with Congress President Rahul Gandhi's "good wishes."

"What about politicians do you think? You think we're so easy to get ridiculed? Who gave you the power to sarcastically present everything? Do you think we're unemployed? Are we looking for you like cartoon characters?" The channels were asked by Kumaraswamy. "By belittling us among the masses, who are you trying to favor? I feel the need to bring in a law," he added.

"This government won't go as easily as it is projected that soon after the May 23 election results (the government would fall), it will continue with Congress President Rahul Gandhi's good wishes and (former chief minister) Siddaramaiah," he said.

"We don't survive because of media but because of the state's 6.5 crore people. I'm not afraid of them (media) at all. I don't care ... I'm going to lose sleep if I see all the episodes of their stories in the electronic media," he said.

Premier Narendra Modi was also criticized by Kumaraswamy for his pilgrimage to the shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath.

"When we go to shrines, it's called Temple Run, but when Modi goes to Badrinath (Kedarnath), they (news channels) are clueless," he said. "It wasn't for elections they said ... then what was it for? Did he sit there because there's a shrinking share of his vote? If not, then what else is the reason for the Shiva meditation sitting there, "asked the chief minister.