BJP misusing government machinery since they came to power: Mayawati

Politics       Prominent parties from other states swept away in Karnataka
       
       	        Kumar Anshuman         15 May 2018

Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "I endorse the views of Mayawati Ji".

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the party formed a government in Karnataka and termed the entire episode as a conspiracy to destroy the Constitution.

Late last night, Congress and JD (S) challenged Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala's decision in the top court to invite BJP to form the government even when the saffron party, with 105 MLAs, including one Independent MLA, is seven short of the halfway mark of 112. For those who lost, fight back.

The Congress won 78 seats in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Election 2018 while the JD (S) bagged 37.

Yeddyurappa sworn in 23rd CM of Karnataka
The party has also managed to substantially improve its seat count and vote share from the 2013 assembly election. Janata Dal (Secular) accepted "unconditional" support from Congress, which was once a bitter foe.

A senior BSP leader familiar with the development said the party had sent its zonal coordinator and Rajya Sabha member Ashok Siddharth to stay in touch with party legislator N Mahesh, who was elected from the Kollegal constituency in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka.

Addressing a Panchayati Raj rally in Chattisgarh's Raipur, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said RSS-BJP are misusing democratic institutions, he added, that prevailing situation in India is like Pakistan. However, the TMC leader made a phone call to JD (S) leader and former Prime Minister HD Devegowda to congratulate him on party's performance in Assembly elections and hoped it would form the government with Congress.

In his public meetings in the run-up to the May 12 polls, Rahul had accused the H D Deve Gowda-led party of tacitly allying with the BJP to defeat the Congress.

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