Patna: Hitting back at the Congress leaders who had been crying foul over the Karnataka controversy wherein the Governor invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the new government despite it not having the required numbers, senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, said that the only party that has a history of 'murdering democracy' was Congress and the BJP did not need a lecture from its leaders.
In an apparent reference to the Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the '70s that is indisputably regarded as a black spot on the history of modern India, the former Union Minister slammed the Congress saying there was only one party in the country that had literally killed democracy in India and that was the Congress Party.
"We don't need lecture from those who have a history of murdering democracy in the nation," he said.
Saying the BJP had emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka Assembly elections and therefore, there was nothing wrong or undemocratic about the Governor of Karnataka inviting the BJP to form the new government in the state.
"Yeddyurappa has already been sworn in and now he has to prove the majority within next 15 days. I am confident it would not be a problem and chances are the BJP would not even need 15 days to prove the majority," the former Civil Aviation Minister said.
Continuing to take shots at the Congress, Hussain said that first the Congress leaders woke up all the judges in the middle of the night to seek their opinion and when that did not go in their favor, they tried to use force to stop Yeddyurappa who was on his way to take oath at the Governor's house.
"It is clear that Congress, with the help of Janata Dal – S, were trying to grab power through the back door," the party spokesperson said.