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Opposition accuses BJP of 'brazen horse-trading' in Karnataka

PTI     July 24, 2019

New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) A number of political parties on Wednesday hit out at the BJP after the fall of the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka and accused the ruling party at the Centre of indulging in "brazen horse-trading" and "misusing power". Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said the day will go down in the history of democracy as a "black chapter". "The manner in which BJP kept all constitutional norms aside and used money and power to pull down the government in Karnataka will be registered in the history of democracy as a black chapter," she said. "Any amount of condemnation of such an act is not enough," Mayawati said in a tweet. Mayawati had expelled her party's lone MLA in Karnataka for "violating" the party decision to vote in favour of the H D Kumaraswamy government that lost the trust vote in the assembly on Tuesday. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has alleged that "brazen horse-trading" and "misuse of power" by the BJP has led to the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. "Whatever may have been the strains in the coalition, the brazen horse-trading and misuse of power in Karnataka is there for all to see. From the start when BJP tried to prevent formation of this govt, until now, it has been an open display of political immorality and money power (sic)," Yechury tweeted. Hours after the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had 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-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within & outside, who saw the alliance as a threat & an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today," Gandhi tweeted. "Democracy, honesty and the people of Karnataka lost," he said. Reacting to the development, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra  said one day the BJP would 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 said. Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said the BJP's "greed for power" was like Bakasur, a demon in the 'Mahabharat' who had a huge appetite, as he hit out at the saffron party over the Karnataka episode. He said the BJP is not content with ruling states where it has been voted to power. Thorat said, "The BJP's greed for power is like Bakasur. It is in power at the Centre and some states. But, it wants to take over states ruled by opposition parties as well. Is the BJP a political party or Bakasur." The 14-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the assembly in a climax to three-week-long intense power struggle. The confidence motion in the Karnataka Assembly was defeated with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it. PTI ASG/SKC SKC SMN SMN

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