Karnataka mandate against 'unholy' Congress-JD(S) alliance: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said the saffron party had emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka with 104 seats but the Congress and JD(S) had formed an "unholy alliance" to subvert the people's mandate.

"Congress crossed all limits in Karnataka elections. JD(S) formed an alliance with Congress against the people's mandate. This is an 'unholy alliance'," he charged at a press conference.

Shah said the Karnataka election had delivered an anti-Congress mandate that indicates a clear rejection of their misrule.

"If we had not staked claim to form government, it would have been against mandate of Karnataka's people," the BJP supremo reasoned.

He added that the Congress-JD(S) were celebrating the poll outcome when they had no reason to.

"What are they celebrating for? Congress was reduced from 122 to 78 seats, most of their ministers lost their seats, even Siddaramaiah lost from one constituency and won by a narrow margin in the other. Similarly, why is JD(S) celebrating? For getting 37 seats?" he demanded.

Taking a swipe at the rival party, Shah said Congress has found a new way of portraying defeat as its victory. "I hope this new definition of victory continues till 2019 as it will benefit the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections," he jibed.

Responding to the allegations of horse-trading leveled at the BJP by the Congress and JD(S), Shah said: "Humpe horse-trading ka aarop lagaya hai, lekin Congress ne poora ka poora astabal bech khaya hai (Congress has accused us of horse-trading, but they are the ones who have sold out the entire stable)."

"We never believe in horse-trading. Congress should answer what they did with MLAs by locking them in a five-star hotel," he added.

When Karnataka threw up a fractured verdict on May 15, Congress and JD(S) had whisked off their legislators to resorts or sequestered them in hotels out of fear of poaching by the BJP.

Shah went on to say that fractures would soon emerge within the Congress-JD(S) alliance and they would only give the people of Karnataka instability and misgovernance.

"No one will be the dominating party. Both of them have conned people. They will later come to know the pros and cons of this unholy alliance. Domination doesn't come with power but with the love of people," he said.

In the assembly elections, BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, but fell short of a majority.

B S Yeddyurappa had formed the government, but not being able to make up for the shortfall, he resigned as chief minister without facing the trust vote in the assembly on Saturday.

The Congress-JD(S) combine with a claimed strength of 117 with the support of others has been invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala to form the government, giving Kumaraswamy a 15-day window to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly.

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