Congress chief Rahul Gandhi (Files)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in his first public address since the results of the Karnataka assembly elections were declared Tuesday, said there was an atmosphere of fear in the country. Saying that the Constitution is under severe attack in the country, Gandhi also said the BJP and the RSS are capturing every democratic institution in the country.
Referring to the recent happening in Karnataka, the Congress president, who was speaking in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, went on to say that such things “happen in countries like Pakistan”. He also accused the BJP of corruption, saying that India is not a poor country but that its money is distributed to select few people. Speaking in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, Gandhi alleged that the RSS is tearing into all institutions in the country. “The BJP is killing all institutions,” he said.
Claiming that the BJP has been bribing the JD(S) MLAs in an effort to side with them so as to pass the floor test, Gandhi said, “Today the Constitution is being attacked. In Karnataka, on one side, there are MLAs standing and on the other side the Governor. JDS has said its MLAs have been offered Rs 100 crore each,” he said.
Amid a high drama last night, when the Supreme Court held a special midnight hearing on a plea filed by the Congress party against BJP’s Yeddyurappa taking oath as CM, the apex court allowed the ceremony to take place while keeping May 18 as the date for the next hearing on the matter.
Yeddyurappa took oath as chief minister of Karnataka in Bengaluru this morning in the presence of the state Governor. The floor test is scheduled to take place a fortnight from now.