Shortly after the HD Kumaraswamy government lost the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly, the Congress leader, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, compared the developments that led to the coalition's downfall to a past decision by the Narendra Modi government to curb the sale of cattle.
'So the party that banned cattle auctions has successfully conducted one in Karnataka! My admiration for the courage and principle shown by D.K.Shivakumar & those @INCIndia MLAs who were neither cajoled nor cudgeled into changing their allegiance. We shall overcome one day,' he tweeted, even as TV channels flashed the Karnataka government's downfall.
The Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) coalition managed to cobble up a mere 99 votes in comparison to the BJP's 105. The triumphant opposition party later dubbed it as a 'Game of Karma'.
As many as 16 legislators from the ruling coalition quit their parties en masse earlier this month, while the Chief Minister, Mr. HD Kumaraswamy was away in the United States on vacation. Two independents also shifted allegiance from the coalition, further eating away at its fast-crumbling support base. The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular alliance have accused the Mr. BS Yeddyurappa-led Karnataka BJP of 'buying off' rival legislators with promises of cash and political positions.
Hence the reference to cattle auctions in Mr. Shashi Tharoor's tweet.