Rahul, Priyanka accuse BJP of weakening democracy

After its coalition government with the JD(S) in Karnataka collapsed, the Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP of carrying out “one of the most heinous” instances of horse-trading the country has ever seen and said it will hold nationwide protests against the “immoral political destabilisation”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the greed of those who saw the alliance as an obstacle in their path to power won, while democracy and the state’s people lost. “From its first day, the Cong-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within & outside, who saw the alliance as a threat and an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today,” he tweeted. “Democracy, honesty and the people of Karnataka lost,” he added.

Reacting to the development, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said one day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed.

“Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of institutions that protect the people’s interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build,” she added.

The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed last evening after the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy was defeated in the Assembly, ending his 14-month-long turbulent tenure.

Soon after the government lost the trust vote, Congress in-charge for Karnataka K.C. Venugopal said the “subversion of coalition government” in the state carried out by the BJP is “one of the most heinous” instances of political horse-trading the country has ever witnessed. It was done by the “nefarious” joint efforts of the Central government, governor, Maharashtra government and the BJP leadership, he said.

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