- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hits out at the BJP after Karnataka floor test
- 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition collapsed on Tuesday
- "One day BJP will discover everything cannot be bought," Ms Gandhi said
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the ruling BJP on Tuesday after the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka collapsed and tweeted that the party would discover one day that "everything cannot be bought". After multiple exits over the past two weeks, the HD Kumraswamy-led coalition lost a test of strength in the assembly, managing only 99 votes compared to the BJP's 105.
"One day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed," Priyanka Gandhi tweeted last night.
Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of insitutions that protect the people's interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 23, 2019
"Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of institutions that protect the people's interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build," the 47-year-old said in another tweet.
The BJP's BS Yeddyurappa is set to become Karnataka Chief Minister for the fourth time. Twenty lawmakers did not attend the floor test in the 225-member Karnataka assembly. Among them were 16 rebels who firmly refused to back down on their resignations.
The Congress has accused the BJP of engineering the coalition's fall by inducing lawmakers with money. "The sabotage of a duly-elected government in Karnataka carried out by the BJP is one of the most heinous and subversive instances of blatant political horse tradings the country has ever witnessed," read a statement by senior Congress leader KC Venugopal.
Without naming the BJP, Rahul Gandhi blamed the "vested interests" for the Congress's Karnataka loss.
& again you don't make any sense.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) July 23, 2019
May be it's the effect of the
"Slap of Democracy"
Your desperation to hold on to power has lost today.
It's a victory of Karnataka over your unholy alliance & greed for power.
Democracy has won today & people's mandate is restored https://t.co/7swZB5s5oL
The BJP called the defeat of HD Kumaraswamy government a "Game of Karma", describing the Congress-JDS coalition as an "unholy alliance" formed solely to block the BJP in Karnataka.