When PM Modi Stood Up to a Karnataka-Like Situation in 2011

The PM was talking about the then Karnataka Governor, HR Bhardwaj.

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The political drama in Karnataka doesn’t appear to be nearing an end anytime soon, with BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa swearing-in as the Chief Minister, even as the newly-formed Congress-JD(S) alliance called the governor’s invitation to the saffron party a ‘mockery of the constitution’.

The Prime Minister has notably remained rather silent amidst the brouhaha and has not had anything to say just as yet.

But with the Congress-JD(S) alliance attempting to pull a ‘BJP-esque’ move in Karnataka, several old tweets by the BJP have resurfaced on social media, mostly in stark contrast to what the party currently practices.

After Arun Jaitley’s tweet from March 2017, where he had said that the governor would be ‘constitutionally right’ only if he invited the coalition formed by the majority of the elected MLAs to form government, an even older tweet from Narendra Modi has resurfaced on social media.

In 2011, PM Modi had (very ironically) tweeted:

Modi was talking about the then Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj, who had recommended President’s rule in the state after the then government (none too surprisingly a BJP government) had lost support in the assembly due to the charges levied against it, and was forced to prove majority.

Modi, who was a senior leader in the opposition party then, had raised questions over the ‘constitutionality’ of the governor. Today, the Congress is raising the same questions, as the BJP has been granted a surplus of fifteen days by the governor to prove majority, when BS Yeddyurappa had only asked for seven days.


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