“Congress is one other identify for horse buying and selling” mentioned JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday as he slammed the occasion’s erstwhile state ally for its nationwide “Save Democracy” marketing campaign in opposition to the BJP, accusing it of attempting to topple democratically elected governments.
The previous Chief Minister mentioned Congress is an professional in dividing political events and buying MLAs. In reality, the time period horse buying and selling in politics got here to be in use due to it, he mentioned.
“Congress has launched a nation-wide Save Democracy, marketing campaign in opposition to the BJP which is shopping for MLAs to topple democratically elected governments. What has Congress executed it? Have not they lured all BSP MLAs who supported the Congress to kind the federal government in Rajasthan? Is that this not a buyout?” Mr Kumaraswamy requested.
In a press release, he sought to know whether or not luring MLAs of the occasion which supported them by way of political shenanigans and merging the occasion which supported them was democratic behaviour.
“If you’re dividing like minded occasion MLAs supporting (you) by way of deceit, who would assist you? Are these errors not seen to you?” he requested the Congress.
In a politically important improvement in Rajasthan, all six Bahujan Samaj Social gathering MLAs had merged the legislative occasion with the Congress in September final yr.
Mr Kumaraswamy additionally reminded the Congress, which was crying hoarse about buy of MLAs, that it had divided the JD(S) in Karnataka prior to now.
“Have not they made makes an attempt to divide? Is it not a undeniable fact that for the sake of 1 Rajya Sabha seat, the Congress authorities in Karnataka bought eight JD(S) MLAs? Is that this democracy? Each events (Congress and BJP) are criminals in buy issues.”
Eight JD(S) MLAs had voted in opposition to the occasion’s official candidate and supported Congress within the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 2016.
“When SM Krishna was the CM (of Karnataka), did not the Congress purchase our MLAs? Did not the Congress conspire to kind a authorities after the 2018 Meeting polls by shopping for our MLAs? Does Congress have the ethical braveness to reply these questions?” Mr Kumaraswamy requested.
In 2004, the Congress tried to divide JD(S), he mentioned, including that to keep away from the occasion being hijacked by them, he needed to oust the Dharam Singh led Congress-JD(S) coalition authorities by way of a political coup.
Noting that the Anti Defection Legislation will not be efficient due to which these “anti-democratic farces” are being enacted, Mr Kumaraswamy mentioned it’s crucial to make those that defect and their members of the family not contest elections at the very least for 2 phrases, apart from disqualifying them from holding any workplace.
“Let there be a debate on this. Let democracy survive,” he mentioned.