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After Yeddyurappa resignation, Rahul Gandhi says hope BJP has learnt its lesson

Rahul Gandhi thanked the people of Karnataka for giving the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance “the mandate” and said opposition parties will work together to stop the BJP and RSS.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 19, 2018 17:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rahul Gandhi,Congress president,Narendra Modi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the media at party office in New Delhi after BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of attacking the country’s institutions and said the message from Karnataka is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not bigger than India.

“I hope the BJP And RSS learn their lesson that not all institutions of this country can be subverted,” Gandhi said after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned as chief minister ahead of the floor test in Karnataka assembly on Saturday.

Gandhi also thanked the people of Karnataka for “giving the Congress-Janata Dal(Secular) alliance the mandate” and said opposition parties will work together to stop the BJP and RSS. “My message to the PM Modi is that the Prime Minister is not bigger than the people of India, than the Supreme Court or the members of Parliament.”

The Congress chief echoed the party’s allegations that the BJP was trying to poach its Karnataka MLAs. “The idea that PM Modi is fighting corruption is a lie. He is corruption. He is doing everything to subvert the institutions of India.”

Yeddyurappa resigned as the chief minister of Karnataka a day after the Supreme Court directed him to take the floor test on Saturday. The Congress had approached the top court after governor Vajubhai Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form a government in Karnataka and prove his majority within 15 days.

The Congress and JS(S) alliance is set to assume power in Karnataka after the May 12 election threw up a hung assembly in the state. The BJP won 104 seats but fell short of the halfway mark in Karnataka assembly election. Together, the Congress and JD(S) have 115 seats in the 222-seat assembly.

First Published: May 19, 2018 17:26 IST