Jharkhand drama written by Congress: BJP

Published on Mar 12, 2005 02:11 AM IST

"From day one, the script of the entire drama in Jharkhand was written by the Congress in Delhi," Venkaiah Naidu said.

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Accusing the UPA of "subverting democracy and the Supreme Court order" by stalling the confidence vote in Jharkhand Assembly, the BJP on Friday alleged that the "script of the entire drama was written by the Congress in Delhi".

"From day one, the script of the entire drama in Jharkhand was written by the Congress in Delhi. Congress is not willing to accept any Opposition. It wants a single-party rule. The country is moving towards the dark era of emergency," former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters at the NSC Bose airport in Kolkata on way from Guwahati to Delhi.

"They have thrown into wind all conventions and precedents... They started with Goa. In Bihar, they could not succeed. And now they are showing the audacity to defy even the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. It will have serious consequences on parliamentary democracy in the country," the former BJP chief said.

He said it was a "shameless act to install Shibu Soren as the Chief Minister who faced serious charges against him and failed to get the people's mandate."

Turning to veteran CPI-M leader Jyoti Basu's expressing unhappiness over the Supreme Court order advancing the date of floor test in Jharkhand, he said he "Communists have scant respect for the judiciary".

Asked if the developments in Bihar, where RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan refused to come together, would lead to a crisis in the UPA, Naidu said the "UPA became shaky. There is a question mark on the future and stability of the alliance. The people are confused as to who is running the government".

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