India Today journalist Rahul Kanwal on Tuesday minced no words in slamming the Congress party for its decision to support the JDS in forming the government in Karnataka after the results were inconclusive.
The BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, while the Congress won 78 seats and the JDS-BSP combine, 38 seats. The Congress announced that it will extend support to the JDS to form the government in Karnataka and even forgo the post of Chief Minister.
This appeared to irk Kanwal, who posted a series of tweets expressing his frustration. In one tweet he wrote, “Sonia Gandhi reaches out to Deve Gowda through Ghulam Nabi Azad. Congress offers CMship to JDS. This would be pathetic. BJP won fair and square. Sneaking in from the back door would be a negation of the mandate.”
Another tweet read, “Disappointing day. Morality and propriety clearly have no place in Indian politics. Power at all cost is all that matters. Saam. Daam. Dand. Bhed. By hook or by crook. Neither side can claim moral high ground.”
The journalist was quickly reminded about his tweets posted in the aftermath of the Goa election results. Then, the Congress was the single largest party and the BJP despite winning fewer seats, had managed to stitch an alliance with an unlikely partner to form the government in the coastal state. Kanwal, ironically, had implied that it was a masterstroke by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Social media users were quick to dig out his old tweets posted immediately after the Goa results. (Read below)
The journalist also faced roasting by politicians and commentators. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote, “Goa pathetic? Manipur pathetic? Bihar pathetic? It can’t be what the Congress does is pathetic & what the BJP does is defy political management. You are better than that Rahul.” Author Krishan Pratap Singh tweeted, “Rahul Kanwal making a total fool of himself. Quite extraordinary.” And the reactions were just too many.
“Hodge podge khichdi coalition”
Rahul Kanwal just called the Congress-JDS that. The BJP really doesn’t need any spokespersons on his show.
— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) May 15, 2018
— ?????? (@chirag) May 15, 2018
Today’s star performer is not even Amit Shah but Rahul Kanwal for coming out of the closet
— Prabha Raj (@deepsealioness) May 15, 2018
It is interesting to hear BJP leaders questioning Congress Party’s moral authority to stake the clame for govt.
And it was disgusting to listen Rahul Kanwal parroting the same so passionately
— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) May 15, 2018