Congress said that party gave Rs 20 crores each to their MLAs to fight elections, while Rs 400 crores were kept for buying the MLAs.
Congress on Monday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, minutes after the latter addressed his first press conference after the conclusion of Karnataka elections. Levelling serious allegations against the BJP, Congress leader Anand Sharma said the saffron party spent around Rs 6,500 crore in the elections. He further said the party gave Rs 20 crores each to their MLAs to fight elections, while Rs 400 crores were kept for buying the MLAs.
Alleging that BJP used cheap tricks in the elections, Sharma alleged the family members of their MLA candidates were targeted to affect their election campaigns.
Sharma further said that Amit Shah has no respect for the Constitution. “I don’t think Amit Shah has knowledge of or respects the Constitution. Even if he has the knowledge of the Constitution, he doesn’t respect it,” Sharma said.
Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah addressed a press conference and said that a JD(S)-Congress government will be a “betrayal” of people’s mandate and questioned its fate, saying it is already “destabilised” with the two parties forced to keep their MLAs “locked in hotels” undemocratically. Shah had also mocked the Congress for its celebration at the turn of events.
The BJP chief said it has found a new way of discovering win in its defeat and added that he prayed that it sticks to its definition of victory. Shah described the Congress-JD(S) alliance as “unholy”, he said the HD Deve Gowda’s party fought the election on an anti-Congress plank. Shah also defended his party’s decision to form a government without having a majority. He said that people’s mandate was against the Congress and being the largest party with only seven seats short of the required support of 111 MLAs, the BJP had to go with the popular verdict.