The BJP on Friday claimed that Congress and Janta Dal Secular (JDS) were hiding their inability to keep their house in order and their ‘unnatural’ alliance was responsible for the ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka. Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and national convener of BJP membership drive, Shivraj Singh Chouhan lashed out at the Congress, saying that the Congress party has the habit of betraying everyone.
Chouhan, who was in State Capital as part of reviewing membership drive in State talking to media persons said, “The Congress party has betrayed several parties in country. Right from days of Choudhary Charan Singh, HD Devegowda to IK Gujaral all the Government has fallen prey to Congress’ dirty politics.”
The senior BJP leader also attacked Karnataka Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar of indulging in dirty politics, as he said that the Speaker is not acting as per Constitution. He said, “The HD Kumaraswamy’s Government in Karnataka has lost confidence vote in Assembly and has no moral right to continue in Government.
The Speaker as per constitution should go for trust vote of Kumarswamy’s Government.”
“The BJP leader claimed that the Congress JDS alliance was opportunist alliance with both the parties lacking trust and confidence.
The difference in Government was evident from the day on which Congress/JDS Government was formed in State,” said Chouhan.
The BJP leader claimed that on several occasions, HD Kumaraswamy cried publicly as he was not getting support from Congress.
On being asked whether BJP will stake claim for government formation, Chouhan said, “The BJP will not do anything unconstitutional, but will act as per the constitutional norms.”
The Congress-JD (S) government 10 days back plunged into crisis with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignations to the Speaker so far. The ruling coalition faces the risk of losing its majority if the resignations are accepted.
The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 104.
The Congress has blamed BJP for engineering political turmoil in Karnataka. After the resignation of 13 MLAs of the alliance, in last 10 days lots of development has taken in the southern State.
A the centre of the political high drama that Karnataka politics has served—MLAs resigning, speaker refusing to accept resignations, lawmakers being herded into hotels and resorts, allegations of horse trading and later Supreme Court stepping in over the issue.
The BJP leadership in Karnataka led by former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa which is demanding trust vote on Thursday staged a night long sit at Vidhana Soudha protesting against the Congress-JDS government dragging its feet on the trust vote.
On Thursday, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Bala asked chief minister H.D Kumaraswamy asking him to complete the floor test, but the Kumarswamy Government didn’t follow the directive. On Friday again, Governor Vajubhai Bala asked the Kumarswamy Government to complete the floor test by the end of the day on Friday.
On Friday, the trust vote was delayed as Speaker adjourns house till Monday.