BJP killing democracy: Congress' Adhir Chowdhury over Karnataka crisis; Rajnath replies
New Delhi, July 8 (IBNS): Raising the crisis over the Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) government in Karnataka, Congress' leader of the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of poaching MLAs and said the saffron party is "killing democracy".
In a heated argument with the BJP, Adhir in the Lok Sabha on Monday said: "It is true we can't blame others if our MLAs leave us. But is it not wrong if someone else comes and steals our MLAs? The BJP is killing democracy."
Countering the senior Congress leader, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: "The BJP has no business in the Karnataka crisis."
Over the last few days, 13 Congress and JDS MLAs have submitted their resignations making the HD Kumaraswamy government minority. However, the Governor is yet to accept their resignations.
In more trouble for the Congress-JDS government, minister H Nagesh quit the cabinet and reportedly decided to support the BJP.
At present, both the BJP and Congress-JDS have 105 members. The majority mark in 210-member Assembly is 106. In the state elections, the BJP had emerged as the single largest party but failed to garner support of any more MLAs which enabled the Congress-JDS to form the government.