Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Congress-JDS government losing the trust vote in Karnataka was the victory of greed by ‘vested interests.’ Taking to Twitter immediately after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy failed to secure the majority in the state assembly, Gandhi said that ‘democracy, honesty and the people of Karnataka lost’ on Tuesday.
Gandhi tweeted, “From its first day, the Cong-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within & outside, who saw the alliance as a threat & an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today. Democracy, honesty & the people of Karnataka lost.”
From its first day, the Cong-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within & outside, who saw the alliance as a threat & an obstacle in their path to power.
Their greed won today.
Democracy, honesty & the people of Karnataka lost.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 23, 2019
After days of political uncertainty and intense drama, Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday agreed to hold the trust vote. While the Congress-JDS alliance received only 99 votes, the BJP received the support of 105 MLAs. The trust vote was necessitated by a large-scale rebellion of over a dozen Congress and JDS MLAs. They had stunned the ruling alliance by submitting mass resignations to Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who had refused to accept their resignations.
The rebel MLAs left Bengaluru and shifted their base to Mumbai, where they’ve been camping since then. Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar travelled to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs, but he was prevented from meeting them by the Mumbai Police.
The matter had also reached the Supreme Court but the top court had refused to direct the Karnataka Speaker to accept the resignations of the rebel MLAs in a timebound manner.
The Congress had accused the BJP of engineering a split in the ruling alliance by alluring their MLAs. The party reminded how all the rebel MLAs were transported in a chartered flight owned by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.