No Confusion! The Karnataka Mandate Was Anti-Congress: Amit Shah
Two days after BS Yeddyurappa-led BJP government failed to prove majority in the Karnataka Assembly, the party’s national president Amit Shah hit out at the JD(S)-Congress combine, calling it an ‘unholy alliance’.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Shah claimed that the mandate in Karnataka was ‘anti-Congress’ and lashed out at the party for celebrating ‘a defeat’.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka. This was not a confused mandate, it was anti-Congress. Half of their ministers lost. Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lost from one seat too. This was undoubtedly an anti-Congress mandate,” Shah said.
The BJP chief reiterated that his party was constitutionally right to stake claim in Karnataka since they were the single-largest party with 104 seats.
Citing Congress’ reduction in the number of Assembly seats from 122 to 78, Shah questioned the party for ‘celebrating a loss’. “If Congress sees this as a win, then we will win 2019 Lok Sabha elections easily.”
He even referred to the anti-Congress campaign by Janata Dal (Secular), terming the ruling alliance ‘unholy.’
In his attack, he also claimed that the Congress is suddenly happy with all the institutions they had been decrying. “Now they do not have a problem with the Supreme Court, Election Commission or even Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).”
On Goa and Manipur
When questioned about the BJP forming government through post-poll alliances in Goa and Manipur after a fractured mandate, Amit Shah claimed that Congress were lazy “despite being the single largest party, they had not staked claim, so the Governor invited us.”