Congress president Rahul Gandhi came out combative after the fall of BJP government in Karnataka post the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa even before the trust vote. The elections which saw a strong campaigning witnessed an acrimonious fight between the BJP and Congress-JDS combine after results threw a hung house.
“Prime Minister Modi is not bigger than India, Supreme Court and we hope that the BJP and the RSS learn lesson from this defeat in Karnataka,” Rahul Gandhi said in a presser soon after the developments in Karnataka.
“We have now explained the BJP and RSS that there are limits to which we can take their arrogance… BJP believes that every institutions cab ne destroyed,” he said.
The trust vote in Karnataka was to be held this afternoon 4PM after the Supreme Court cut short the 15-days given to Yeddyurappa by the Governor.
The Congress had moved Supreme Court opposing Governor’s invite to the BJP and 15 days given to Yeddyurappa to prove his numbers. Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister on Friday after Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony but kept the matter pending.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah do not respect any institution…,” Rahul Gandhi said even as attacked Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala saying, “…it is good idea that Governor Vajubhai Vala should resign”.
Last two days also saw jostling for power amid allegations of BJP forcing Congress and JDS MLAs to break ranks and support Yeddyurappa.
“The PM authorised buying off MLAs… He talks of fighting corruption, but he is corruption,” Rahul Gandhi charged.
The Congress president also accused the BJP and its MLAs saying, “People saw how BJP MLAs left the House before national anthem was played. It shows they don’t respect institutions”.
Other Congress leaders too celebrated the events in Bengaluru saying BJP’s “Operation Lotus” to poach legislators from other parties failed and democracy won in Karnataka. Lotus is the poll symbol of the BJP.
“Operation Lotus’ fails! #BSYeddyurappa remains 2 day CM as the country predicted, breaking his own record of being 7 days CM. Democracy Wins! Constitution Wins!,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.
Former Union minister P Chidambaram also said that the democracy in Karnataka was saved for time being. “Poor Mr Yeddyurappa. When the puppeteers fail, the puppet falls and breaks,” he said.