Will work with opposition to defeat BJP: Rahul after Yeddyurappa’s resignation


NEW DELHI, May 19: Following the resignation of BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa in the Karnataka assembly, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said that he will work with the opposition parties to defeat the BJP.
The Congress president was addressing the media shortly after Yeddyurappa tendered his resignation on the floor of Karnataka legislative assembly without facing the floor test.
“I am proud that opposition stood together and defeated the BJP and we will continue to do so,” the Congress president said.
The Congress president also launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of trying to poach Congress and JD(S) MLAs to form a government in the state.
“You’ve seen openly how the PM directly authorized purchasing of MLAs in Karnataka, so the idea that PM spreads in the country that he is fighting corruption is a blatant lie, he is corruption,” he added.
BJP leader Ananth Kumar hit back at the Congress president’s allegation.
“What is he saying about PM Modi? This is the PM who has provided a scam-less government. If he puts such an allegation, the people will say he has lost his mind,” Kumar said.
Rahul also targeted the BJP and the RSS for subverting the institutions of the country.
“Did you notice that after the entire exercise in Karnataka Vidhan Sabha, the BJP legislators and speaker chose to leave the house before the national anthem? It shows they can disrespect any institution when in power, both BJP and RSS have disrespected institutions,” he said.
The Congress leader also demanded the resignation of Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala. Earlier this week, the governor had invited BJP to form a government in the Karnataka following the results of the assembly elections in which no party was able to get to the majority mark of 111 seats. The invitation had left the opposition fuming.
“It is a good idea that Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala should resign,” Rahul said.