New Delhi, Jul 6 : Charging the BJP of indulging in horse-trading in Karnataka by offering all sorts of temptations to it's MLAs there, Congress on Saturday condemned its attempts to bring down an elected government in the state.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of senior Congress leaders, to discuss the political crisis in Karnataka, caused by the resignation of 11 MLAs, including eight from the Congress and three from JD(S), AICC Media In-charge Randeep Surjewala said, 'BJP is unable to digest the elected government of Karnataka, so they have set up a 'mandi' of Legislators, by providing all sorts of temptations. We condemn the attempts by BJP of trying to bring down the elected government in Karnataka.'
Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were encouraging defections in the state, Mr Surjewwala said, 'A new symbol of horse-trading politics has emerged in the country, MODI - Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India.
'Would like to remind the PM of his oath to protect the Constitution. If the PM of the country is going to encourage defections in broad daylight, who will protect democracy? If the Prime Minister and the Home Minister abdicate their constitutional efforts, there will be no democracy left,' he added.
'We want to tell them that no effort of yours will succeed in denigrating India's democracy or its laudable Constitution," Mr Surjewala asserted.
The 13-month-old JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka edged closer to falling down, as 11 MLAs, including eight of Congress and three of JD (S) met Governor Vajubhai Vala, after submitting their resignations to Assembly Secretary MK Vishalakshi, in the absence of Speaker K N Ramesh Kumar.
AICC General Secretary for Karnataka K C Venugopal rushed to Bangalore, in the light of the developments.(UNI)