Congress President Rahul Gandhi today slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempts to come to power in Karnataka, to which BJP chief Amit Shah said the party had people’s mandate.
In his first public remarks since the post-poll drama began unfolding, Gandhi said in a tweet, “This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.”
Shah too fired a series of salvos. “The ‘murder of democracy’ was when the Congress formed a coalition with JD(S) in an alleged ‘opportunist’ move for their own personal gains.”
He also dug deep into the Congress’ history. “The legacy of party is the horrific Emergency, blatant misuse of power and subversion of courts.”
Gandhi’s comments came after the Supreme Court of India refused to stop BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa from taking oath as the chief minister of the state today.
The hearing at the apex court started at close to 2 a.m., after Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) party representatives made a late night visit to the Supreme Court registrar seeking to file petitions against the decision of the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form government in the state.
Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the assembly. The BJP with 104 seats is eight short of the desired 112. The Congress and JD(S), which have announced a post-poll tie-up, won 78 and 37 seats, respectively.
The Congress yesterday dubbed Governor Vajubhai Vala as a “stooge” of the NDA major and accused him of “encountering” Constitution at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah after he invited the BJP to form the government in the state.
(With inputs from PTI)