Congress president Rahul Gandhi strongly criticised the BJP-led government at the Centre, charging that constitution was under “severe attack” in the country where an atmosphere of fear prevailed. His remarks came against the backdrop of the political developments in Karnataka.
Addressing a ‘Jan Swaraj Sammelan’ in Raipur on the occasion of the silver jubilee of 73rd and 74th amendment in the Constitution related to local self-governance, he accused the BJP and the RSS of capturing every democratic institution in country.
Referring the press conference called by Supreme Court judges on various issues relating to the apex court judiciary earlier this year, Gandhi said, “The judiciary is under fear, the press is under fear and even the BJP’s members of Parliament are under the same fear as they cannot speak a single word before the prime minister (Narendra Modi).”
“The Constitution is under severe attack in the country… One after another, you can see every democratic institution in the country, like the MPs, MLAs, the press and the Planning Commission…the RSS is trying to induct its people,” he said.
Prior to his address in Raipur, Gandhi, in a tweet, had hit out at the BJP over its “irrational insistence” to form government in Karnataka despite “not having the numbers” and said that while the BJP will celebrate its “hollow victory”, India will mourn the “defeat of democracy”.
Meanwhile, BJP hit back at the Congress with its chief Amit Shah saying that democracy was murdered the moment “desperate” Congress made an “opportunist” offer to the JD(S) to form the government in Karnataka for “petty political gains”.
Responding to the accusation, Shah, in a tweet, said, “The ‘Murder of Democracy’ happens the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka’s welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!”
He also cited the fall in Congress tally from 122 in 2013 to 78 seats this time, suggesting that the BJP has the mandate to form the government.
“Who has the people’s mandate in Karnataka? The BJP, which has won 104 seats. Or Congress which dropped to 78 seats, whose own CM and Ministers lost by big margins. JD(S) who won only 37 seats and lost their deposits on several others. People are wise to realise,” he said in another tweet.
(With inputs from PTI)