September 21, 2020

Backdoor barb back at BJP

Patna: RJD leaders in Bihar slammed the BJP over its comment that the Congress and the JDS were trying to come to power in Karnataka through the backdoor.

RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwari asked the BJP leaders to explain why did they come to power in Bihar through the backdoor despite people of the state giving the mandate to the RJD and the JDU but not the BJP.

Tiwari was reacting to the statement issued by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar on Tuesday that after losing faith of the people, the Congress was now trying to make a backdoor entry.

Earlier in the day, senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar accused the Congress and the JDS of coming together by “unholy means”.

“BJP leaders should first explain how are they enjoying power in Bihar and from which door have they come to power? The people of Bihar had thrown out the BJP and asked them to sit in the Opposition whereas the mandate was given to the RJD and the JDU. I feel like laughing at the BJP leaders who are issuing such statements that the Congress wants to come to power through the backdoor,” Tiwari said.

The former parliamentarian cited the example of Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya Assembly elections when the BJP had secured less seats compared to the Congress and the governors of the three states had asked the BJP to form the government.

In the 2017 Goa elections to 40 seats, the BJP was invited to form the government after a post-poll coalition despite getting only 12 seats and the Congress 17. Similarly, in the same year Manipur elections, the BJP secured 21 seats and the Congress 28, but the BJP formed the government. In Meghalaya, the BJP won two seats and the Congress 21 but the BJP formed the government after a post-poll alliance.

Tiwari took digs at the BJP leaders saying: “BJP leaders should explain on which issue the people of Karnataka have supported them? Did the people of Karnataka support the corruption of B.S. Yeddyurappa or mining-scam accused Gali Janardhana Reddy?”

Tiwari added that according to the Supreme Court ruling, the governor must invite the party that has the majority either pre-poll or post-poll. In that case, Tiwari believes, the Congress and the JDS should be invited first.#

He alleged that the BJP will try to convince the Congress and the JDS MLAs by flexing its money power to form the government as it has a past record of forming governments through “evil means”.

Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav also issued a statement saying: “I hope the governor of Karnataka will follow the precedence set by the governor of Bihar on 27-07-17 and will do justice and maintain the dignity of the Constitution.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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