Amit Shah says Karnataka mandate was against Cong but party is showing its defeat as victory

BJP president Amit Shah addresses the media at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. Picture by Prem Singh

New Delhi, May 21 (Agencies): BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said the Congress has found a new way of portraying defeat as its victory, asserting that the mandate in Karnataka Assembly election was against them.   

The Bharatiya Janata Party chief asked the Congress to explain to the people of Karnataka why they were celebrating even when most of their ministers had lost the polls.

“Only Congress and JDS are celebrating, people of Karnataka are not (celebrating),” he told reporters, referring to the Janata Dal Secular, which has come to the aid of the Congress to beat the BJP in the numbers game for forming a government.

The BJP has won the largest number of seats with 104 but is still short of the majority mark of 112. The Congress with 78 seats is taking the help of the JDS headcount of 37 to form a government.

The mandate given by people of Karnataka was against the Congress. There was no confusion about it, he said.

“If we had not staked claim to form government, it would have been against the mandate of Karnataka people,” he said.

The Congress has found a new way of portraying defeat as its victory, Shah said, taking a swipe at the rival party, and added that he hopes this new definition of victory continues till 2019 as it will benefit the BJP.

“Congress is now starting to have faith in constitutional bodies like Supreme Court, Election Commission and they even like EVMs,” Shah said and voiced hope that it continues even when the Congress loses and is unable to form the government, taunting the party, which has been critical of the the poll panel and the apex court's functioning in recent times.

He said that the Congress lawyer lied in the Supreme Court that BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa had sought seven days from Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove their majority in the House.


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