After the midnight drama over the formation of government in Karnataka came to an end and BJP's BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Congress President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and said that the situation in India resembles the situation in Pakistan.
"This is probably the first time you witnessed 4 supreme court judges go to the press and addresses the people saying that we are in need of you, that we are being pressurised, we are being threatened and we are unable to do our work. This is probably the first time such incident has happened in a democratic nation like India, but this is very common in a dictatorship, it has happened in Pakistan and several other countries in Africa. Some general comes and drives the press away, but India is witnessing this for the first time in 70 years".
Further hitting out at the BJP he said that the constitution is under threat and it has now become a battle of the governor with the MLAs.
"Today constitution is being attacked. In Karnataka on one side there are MLAs standing and on the other side the Governor. JDS has said its MLAs have been offered Rs 100 crore each".
Earlier Taking to Twitter Rahul Gandhi said,"The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution".
"This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy," he further added.
Amit Shah wasted no time and responded to Rahul Gandhi. In his response, Shah reminded the Congress President of the party's “glorious history”.
Rahul Gandhi's jibe comes after The Congress and JD(S) had on Wednesday night moved to the Supreme court challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala's decision to invite the BJP and allow them to form the government even when the saffron party, with 105 MLAs, including one Independent MLA, which is seven short of the halfway mark of 112.
After hearing the arguments of Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the petitioners G Parameshwara of the Congress and Kumaraswamy of the JD(S), and Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, the three-member Top court bench did ask for the letter written by Yeddyurappa to the Karnataka Governor staking a claim to form a government in the state. The Governor had mentioned this letter while inviting Yeddyurappa to form a government.
Notices have been issued to Yeddyurappa and the state of Karnataka that the letter is produced by 10:30 am on Friday when the case will be taken up again.