New Delhi, May 1: With its hopes of wresting power in Uttarakhand dashed, BJP today lashed out Congress and Rahul Gandhi, saying he should not give sermons as his party has "murdered" democracy by "paying off" legislators and has "lost" the confidence of the people of the state.
"Congress, which is a murderer of democracy, is undemocratic and is a champion of corruption, should not give sermons to BJP on democracy. Congress has lost the confidence of people of Uttarakhand by purchasing the majority in the state assembly," BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma alleged.
He said Congress has not just lost its MLAs, but also the confidence of the people of the state, who will give a "befitting" reply to it in the next assembly elections slated a few months away. "The people will give a befitting reply to Congress for the insult heaped on them," he told.
Sharma claimed the constitutional crisis in Uttarakhand was created because of Congress' "anti-people" policies and due to "anger" of its leaders against the party's central leadership. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today termed Rawat's reinstatement as a victory of democracy and voiced hoped that the Prime Minister will "learn the lesson".
"They (BJP) did their worst. We did our best. Democracy won in Uttarakhand. "Hope the PM learns the lesson that people of India and institutions built by our founding fathers will not tolerate murder of democracy," Rahul said on Twitter. Attacking Rahul Gandhi, the BJP leader said, "Congress leadership does not meet its own leaders and Chief Ministers, but spends time with anti-national elements who raise anti-India slogans."
Sharma also questioned Rahul for his "silence" on the sting videos purportedly showing Harish Rawat and said "it was shameful" as Congress has "looted" the state. The BJP leader also accused Rawat of having "sold out Dev Bhoomi" for saving his own chair in the state and for "paying off" lakhs and crores to legislators.
"Congress is celebrating today as it is hoping to clean the muck of corruption that it is embroiled in. "The sting videos have shown how Harish Rawat was paying his MLAs to save his own chair, which made it clear that he trying to sell Uttarakhand," he alleged.
Rawat yesterday won the trust vote in the Assembly and the Supreme Court today put its stamp on it, clearing the decks for his reinstatement. It was a setback for BJP which had earlier claimed that Rawat would lose the trust vote and it will form government in the state.