New Delhi, Nov 26: The Congress on Tuesday made a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party after Fadnavis submitted his resignation as Maharashtra chief minister to Governor BS Koshyari , saying that the BJP thought that they will form the government through horse trading.
The development came hours after the Supreme Court mandated a floor test in the legislative assembly and after Fadnavis’s deputy, Ajit Pawar of the NCP, quit.
“This is a victory of constitutional democracy. They thought that through horse trading, they can form the government,” said senior Congress leader KC Venugopal. “This is not only a failure of Devendra Fadnavis, but also a slap on the faces of their masters sitting in Delhi.”
The Congress said the “turn of events” in Maharashtra has also brought into question President Ram Nath Kovind’s role. Demanding Koshyari’s resignation, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said at a press conference, “The Maharashtra Governor should shed his RSS-BJP cloak and invite the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ of the Sena-NCP-Congress to form the government. The turn of events has also put the role of the President under the scanner.”
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Fadnavis government was formed on lies and deception and crashed like a house of cards.
Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said the party has requested the Maharashtra governor to accept Fadnavis’s resignation and invite the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance to form the government.
“We demand that Uddhav Thackeray be invited to form the government in Maharashtra immediately,” said Chavan. According to sources, the Congress is likely to ask for the Governor’s resignation and may even approach the President.