Opinion: Karnataka floor test twist gives Congress a reason to smile
After a long time, Congress has a reason to smile. The number tally of the Karnataka assembly elections had put a question mark on the party's existence, but after today's development, Congress will be able to make a political turnaround.
B S Yeddyurappa's resignation just before the trust vote on the floor of Karnataka Assembly has sent a loud and clear message that Congress can fight back and defeat Modi-Shah combine. Today's development is redux of the same nail-biting suspense which was witnessed during Ahmad Patel’s election to Rajya Sabha last year.
After Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya, Congress came under intense criticism for not been able to form the government. Congress emerged as the single largest party in both Manipur and Goa but delayed decision-making resulted in BJP forming the government in both states. This time around Congress had sent senior leadership to Bengaluru in case they fell short of numbers.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi used this opportunity to launch a blistering attack on the BJP. That Yeddyurappa walked out of the Assembly while the national anthem was being played was the start of Rahul's attack. He said, "This how BJP respects our national anthem.”
He said that both BJP and RSS are trying to subvert government institutions throughout the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also in the line of fire. "Not only Narendra Modi promotes corruption but he is corruption," said Rahul.
In his short victory speech, Rahul said that BJP’s stand on corruption has been exposed and Congress will not allow it to subvert democratic institutions.
What added to BJP’s misery were three sting operations done by Congress MLAs who actively recorded the conversations where BJP leaders were asking Congress MLAs to cross the fence.
The BJP continues to be the largest party and stability in the state will entirely depend on the ability of JD(S) to keep its stock together. Congress, on the other hand, will also have to be careful lest BJP gains sympathy making it electorally difficult for them in coming Lok Sabha elections.
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)