New Delhi, May 17: Soon after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted about the developments in Karnataka, ‘mourning’ the defeat of democracy in the southern state, BJP chief Amit Shah hit back with a series of tweets. To BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in, Rahul had tweeted, “This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, the nation mourns the defeat of democracy.” His words echoed the view of senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad who was reported to have told media on Wednesday that “democracy has been murdered in Karnataka”. Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah fired a series of salvos, all directed at the Congress, for the developments over the past few days. He said, “President of the Congress obviously doesn’t remember the glorious history of his party. The legacy of Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s Party is the horrific Emergency, blatant misuse of Article 356, subverting the courts, media and civil society.” Also Read - Rajasthan Crisis: Pilot Not Meeting Rahul Gandhi, Congress Wants to Welcome Him With ‘Open Arms’
That was just the beginning. He then reminded the Twitterati who won the people’s mandate in Karnataka. “Who has the people’s mandate in Karnataka? The BJP, which has won 104 seats. Or Congress which dropped to 78 seats, whose own CM and Ministers lost by big margins. JD(S) who won only 37 seats and lost their deposits on several others. People are wise to realise.” Then he added soon after, “The ‘Murder of Democracy’ happens the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka’s welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!”
In a late night development on Wednesday, a three-judge Supreme Court bench had refused to stay Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in even as the party was given 15 days to prove its majority on the floor of the House. The Chief Minister has been sworn in and Congress MLAs have sat on dharna outside the Vidhan Soudha.