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Cong has no moral right to protest over Goa, Manipur: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Dismissing the Congress' objection to attempts at formation in and Goa, today said has failed to muster the numbers and "has no moral right" to protest due to its past actions.

"has dismissed non-governments umpteen number of times in the past misusing powers and Article 356. It did not allow the largest party to form the (in the past). They have no moral right to criticise.


"If anyone in the country has violated democratic tradition, it is the only," Union Minister said outside Parliament.

The and its allies staged a walkout of the to protest the efforts to install in and Manipur, where had emerged as the largest party.

The has alleged that the is moving against the and precedent in forming governments in and

Attacking Congress, Naidu gave examples of formation at the behest of in Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka and Andhra in the past.

"We have the numbers. They (Congress) could not even elect a leader. We have elected the leaders. They could not gather the numbers and still they are protesting to mislead the public," the leader said.

Describing the protest as a "misinformation campaign", he said, "In and Manipur, no party has got absolute majority. Other parties have come forward to form with the there. They have selected their leaders and approached respective Governors to form governments.

"They have submitted all details to the Governors. The Governors did not have any alternatives so they decided accordingly."

Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley also took a swipe at Congress, saying it "complains a bit too much".

"It accused the (BJP) of 'stealing' the mandate in It unsuccessfully petitioned before the Supreme Court. It attempted to raise issues in the Lok Sabha," he said in a facebook post.

In view of the claim of 21 MLAs led by Manohar Parrikar, the Governor could not have invited the minority of 17 MLAs to form the government, he said, adding that "there are several precedents which support this decision of the Governor".

Naidu too said, "The Governor invited Manohar Parrikar after getting all the details. But the way the claims that it was murder of democracy, it does not suit to talk of murder of democratic process and misuse of Governor's power."

Referring to the democratic tradition practised in the country, he said, "The Governor will call if any party claims majority including on the basis of pre-election ties. There was no other way."

Hitting out at Congress, Naidu said, "I want to ask what happened in 2005 in Jharkhand. The then Governor Sibte Razi had invited Shibu Soren though the single largest party was But JMM was called to form the at the behest of the

"In Bihar also Governor Buta Singh did not invite BJP-JD(U) alliance, despite it having almost majority."

He also gave example of Uttar Pradesh saying "in 1998 in UP, the then Governor Romesh Bhandari dismissed Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and did not allow him to prove his majority in the House.

"Later on the Governor had to revise his decision after Atal Bihari Vajpayee had resorted to hunger strike.

"SR Bommai was also similarly dismissed in Karnataka, In 1983-84,the popular NTR in Andhra Pradesh was dismissed and a puppet was installed by the then Governor Ram Lal."

Recalling Emergency days, the leader said, "In 1975, all non-governments were dismissed."

He said there are many instances where the Governor was forced to call those parties in minority to prove their majority first.

Justifying the Governors' action in and Manipur, he said, "is saying we have the numbers. is saying even if we do not have the numbers you first invite us and then we will mobilise the numbers. You make us CM then we will mobilise numbers. And they went to Supreme Court also."

He said the led by Manohar Parrikar is ready to prove majority in 15 days time in "But and its allies are saying democratic tradition is murdered."

On SC's direction, he said one has to respect the Supreme Court guidelines and observations.

Naidu, who was heading for Goa, said, "We are confident that Parrikar will prove majority.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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