Amid the political slugfest in Gujarat, Janta Dal United (JD(U)) on Monday alleged Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) of misusing power to win Rajya Sabha election and advised Congress to stop hiding its MLAs and face the saffron party head-on.
Stating that the decision to siphon 44 MLAs to Bengaluru to stop ‘horse trading’ was a shortcut to protect themselves, JD(U) said that it was very evident that BJP is pressurizing and blackmailing is happening blatantly in the state, reports ANI.
Addressing the media, JD(U) leader Ali Anwar said, “Some are running to Karnataka, some are staying here. Going to some other place and protecting yourself is a shortcut measure but this is the fact that ruling government is misusing the power.”
Speaking further, he said that the Congress party should understand that public is the one who takes the decision. They should understand that who is weak in everyone’s eyes is actually the strongest.
JD(U)’s reaction comes after, earlier today the 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat returned home after being kept in a Bengaluru resort since July 29 following a series of defections ahead of Rajya Sabha polls slated for August 8.
However, as the flight touched down in Ahmedabad at 5 AM today, all the Congress party men boarded two buses and were immediately rushed to Neejanand Resort in Gujarat’s Anand district, 80 km away from Ahmedabad.
Notably, 7 Congress members had quit within a span of seven days, a move that party believes was orchestrated by its former leader Shankersinh Vaghela. The three legislators close to Vaghela faction in Congress later joined BJP with unconditional support to the saffron party.
The senior leader of Gujarat Congress, Vaghela had allegedly quit after the party decided of not projecting him as a chief ministerial candidate. The defections were crucial blows to the chances of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel getting of re-elected to the state Rajya Sabha.
With Amit Shah and Smriti Irani almost certain to retain their seats, a win against Ahmed Patel will be a major jolt to the Congress. The magic number to win the seat is 45 votes with Congress relying on the outside support from JDU and NCP.
The comment from the senior JD(U) leader might ring alarm bells within the party and BJP with whom they have formed the government in Bihar after Nitish Kumar decided to part ways with Grand Alliance.
The state of Bihar saw a major political upheaval after Nitish Kumar resigned from the post of CM alleging that the circumstances in the state weren’t allowing him to work properly.
Surprisingly, three hours within his resignation, Kumar claimed that his move was inspired by “conscience” as he couldn’t possibly support RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his son who was deputy CM, Tejashwi Yadav, following their being named in a CBI corruption case.
Following the outbreak, BJP extended support to JD(U) after which Nitish Kumar reclaimed his post after being sworn in as the state CM for a record 6th time.
Earlier, Ali Anwar had expressed his displeasure over Nitish’s decision to allign with BJP after a bitterly fought Assembly election.
“Nitish ji would have listened to the calling made by his soul, but my conscience does not allow me to support BJP,” said Anwar.