Dissident MLA from JD(S) addresses after meeting with Karnataka Governor Vajuibhai Vala, in Bengaluru, Saturday, July 6, 2019. 11 legislators of the ruling alliance submitted their resignation to speaker's office.(PTI photo)
Dissident MLA from JD(S) addresses after meeting with Karnataka Governor Vajuibhai Vala, in Bengaluru, Saturday, July 6, 2019. 11 legislators of the ruling alliance submitted their resignation to speaker's office.(PTI photo)

Cong attacks BJP over Karnataka, says efforts to denigrate democracy won’t work

Congress accused the BJP of trying to bring down its coalition government in Karnataka by “buying” MLAs and asserted that the new word for the ‘aaya ram gaya ram’ phenomenon is “MODI -- mischievously orchestrated defections in India”.
New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 06:36 PM IST

The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP of trying to bring down its coalition government in Karnataka by “buying” MLAs and asserted that the new word for the ‘aaya ram gaya ram’ phenomenon is “MODI -- mischievously orchestrated defections in India”.

The strong reaction of the party came after 13 legislators of the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka submitted their resignation to the Speaker.

The ruling coalition, which has 118 members, faces the risk of losing majority in the 224-member Assembly if the resignations are accepted.

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“The new word for ‘aaya ram gaya ram’ is MODI -- mischievously orchestrated defections in India. The Karnataka government which is a joint government having complete majority under our democratic setup is now being sought to be pulled down by defections and resignations,” Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here.

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“MLAs are being bought in broad daylight. We deprecate the efforts of the BJP to buy over legislators, to pressurise legislators, to bring down an elected government in Karnataka,” he said, asserting that the BJP has made such moves in other states in the past as well.

The ‘aaya ram, gaya ram’ phenomenon refers to the practice of MLAs defecting to other parties.

The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker.

The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House.

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