Patna: Just as the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) de facto chief Tejaswi Yadav was tearing into Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala for inviting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form new government in the state, another senior RJD leader was accusing the saffron party of 'murdering democracy' by playing unfair in election after election in different states.
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, perturbed by the way things were unfolding in Karnataka where the Governor invited the BJP, the largest single party to emerge with 105 seats, to form the government and prove majority on the Assembly floor in the next 15 days, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday said that the party of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah had turned into a full-fledged dictatorship where democratic values had ceased to exist.
Announcing a statewide agitation to protest the BJP's 'illegal grab of power' in Karnataka, Singh, a close Lalu aide and now a 'senior guide' to his politically ambitious children, urged all NDA parties to come together to create a formidable alliance against the saffron party that, he said, had become a threat to the nation by its utter disregard for democratic principles of the nation.
"The BJP is killing democracy by willfully ignoring the recommendations made by the Supreme Court in the S R Bommai case and is encouraging other parties of horse-trading as a mean to usurp power in states.
Repeating the points earlier made by Tejaswi Yadav, Singh urged Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to invite the RJD to form a new government in Bihar because RJD was the largest single party with 80 seats in the last Assembly elections.
"If this is good enough for Karnataka then it is good enough for Bihar also," he said.
As reported, besides Bihar, Goa, Meghalaya, and Manipur have also asked their respective Governors to dissolve the existing BJP governments and invite parties that had emerged as the largest single party in state elections to form a new government.
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Meanwhile, Congress leaders led by party state President Kaukab Qadri and former state President Anil Kumar Sharma burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national President Amit Shah outside party headquarters at Sadaqat Ashram to condemn the swearing in of Yeddyurappa as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.