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Supreme Court decision has exposed ‘Operation Kamal: Congress

The ball is now in Modi’s court to enquire into the role of Yediyurappa and Modi in the controversy.

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New Delhi, Nov 13 : Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday said the Supreme Court’s decision on the disqualification of 17 MLAs in Karnataka has burst the bubble of BJP’s ‘Operation Kamal.’

Taking to Twitter, Surjewala demanded the Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka should now be dismissed for “brazenly and illegally” bringing down the Congress-Janata Dal(S) alliance government in the state.

“The SC’s decision upholding the disqualification of “defector MLAs” has burst the bubble of BJP’s ‘Operation Kamal’. It’s now proved that BJP brazenly and illegally brought down an elected JD(S)-Congress govt in Karnataka. Yedurappa govt is an illegitimate govt & should be dismissed,” Surjewala said in his tweet.

Fourteen rebel MLAs of the Congress and three of the JD(S) had been disqualified under the anti-defection law by the Karnataka Speaker in July that led to toppling of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state and brought in a BJP government led by Yediyurappa.

“Democratic mandate and constitutional principles demand that not only the ‘illegitimate’ Yediyurappa govt should be dismissed but a full inquiry be also held into the sinister conspiracy of BJP to bring down an elected govt by misusing money power”, he tweeted.

While the Supreme Court has disqualified the rebel Independent MLAs, it has also allowed them to contest elections, putting BJP in a peculiar situation.

The Congress spokesperson has also demanded an independent inquiry into alleged horse-trading.

“Democratic mandate & constitutional principles warrant that an independent inquiry be held to ascertain: the ugly truth of ‘Yediyurappa Tapes’; where did the ‘black money’ come from; and what was the role of ‘BJP leadership’ in this sordid saga?” tweeted Surjewala.

He has further said that the ball is now in Modi’s court to enquire into the role of Yediyurappa and Modi in the controversy.

“Will Modiji show the courage of conviction to dismiss Yediyurappa govt? Will PM order an investigation into ‘Operation Kamal’? Will you now give BJP ticket to the ‘defector MLAs’, who have been ‘disqualified’ by the Supreme Court? If PM doesn’t take these steps, the onus of soiling the ‘Ganga of Democracy’ would lie at his doorstep,” he said in a series of tweets.

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After defeat, Dinesh Gundu Rao resigns as KPCC president

The BJP had fielded 11 Congress and 3 JD-S defectors to wrest the seats from the opposition parties.

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Bengaluru, Dec 9 : Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday tendered his resignation to the party chief Sonia Gandhi, after the party suffered a massive defeat in the by-elections.

“Taking moral responsibility, I am resigning as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president,” said Rao at the Congress office.

Rao said that the Congress thought people will not favour the defectors, yet the BJP won.

“Operation Kamala has been ratified by the people,” said Rao, describing the way BJP attracted and fielded the disqualified Congress lawmakers.

The BJP had fielded 11 Congress and 3 JD-S defectors to wrest the seats from the opposition parties.

Rao said he will meet Congress president and submit a detailed report about the party’s rout in the bypolls.

Earlier, following a humiliating defeat in the by-elections, Siddaramaiah also resigned as the leader of opposition in state Assembly.

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Rahul Gandhi questions PM’s silence over rape incidents

“Women and farmers are being targeted with bullets. Women cannot step out from their houses without fear,” Rahul said.

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Ranchi, Dec 9 : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for maintaining silence over rape incidents in the country.

“India has become rape capital of the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintains silence over rape incidents. His MLA in Uttar Pradesh was accused of a woman’s rape, he maintained silence. The women are being burnt, shot down and raped in the country but Modi maintains silence,” said Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally at Hazaribagh district’s Barkagao, where five farmers were killed while protesting land acquition by the state government two years ago.

“Women and farmers are being targeted with bullets. Women cannot step out from their houses without fear,” Rahul said.

“Modi claims protecting farmers. Whereas, the farmer’s land is being snatched. When farmers protest, they are killed. We had brought Land Acquisition Act to protect farmers’ land. As per the Act, farmers’ land cannot be acquired without permission of the Panchayat but MOdi opposed it. Modi asked his Chief Minister not to implement the Act,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“MOdi claims to fight against corruption, but his Jharkhand Chief Minister is the most corrupt politician,” he alleged.

He further targeted Modi on political issues such as demonetisation and GST.

“Modi’s face is shown on TV because your (People) money is being handed over to Adani and Ambani. Have you seen MOdi embracing farmers or poor people but you have seen him embracing the industrialists. This government is being run for only 10 to 15 industrialists. The PSUs are being handed over to these companies. The Centre is ending the government employees’ pension,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“Under UPA regime, the economy was growing and world used to learn from India. The economy of the country has worsened under Modi government. There is an environment of hatred in the country,” the former Congress chief said.

“Modi government is waiving loan of rich people but ignoring poor and farmers. This will not be tolerated. There cannot be two form in the country. We need single where loan of both poor, farmers and rich are waived off,” he added.

Rahul promised to increase minimum support price (MSP) of paddy from existing Rs 1300 per quintal to Rs 2500, waiving loan of farmers upto Rs 2 lakh and implementing 27 per cent reservation to back caste people. He also promised to implement the land acquisition Act in Jharkhand if voted to power.

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Modi hails Karnataka results, says Congress taught a lesson

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Ranchi, Dec 9 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the bypoll results in Karnataka and said that those who formed the government through backdoor ignoring people’s mandate have been taught a lesson. The Prime Minister was speaking at a rally in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh on Monday.

“The Karnataka bypoll results is answer to the Congress which grabbed the power through backdoor. It is also answer to all states where mandate of people has been ignored,” said Modi.

He further said, “People have responded through democratic way. Today bypoll results have decided who would rule Karnataka. The BJP was given mandate but Congress hatched a conspiracy and grabbed the power from backdoor. It is the old habit of the Congress to play behind the curtain. People have now punished them. People have chosen a stable and strong government for development of Karnataka”.

The BJP is heading for a landslide victory in Karnataka Assembly by-elections, as it is ahead in 12 of the 15 seats it contested on December 5, as the final result is yet to be declared.

“The people of Jharkhand should also learn from Karnataka. The situation like Karnataka should not crop up in Jharkhand after the polls. The Congress has never believed in coalition politics. They have treated allies like puppets in lieu of support,” Modi further said.

“If there is a hung Assembly, Jharkhand will witness Karnataka like situation”, Modi warned.

He cautioned people that they would not get the benefit of the central government’s schemes if BJP is not voted back to power.

Modi once again targeted the Congress for keeping the issues of Ram temple and Article 370 pending for 70 years. “Now the Constitution of India has been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

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