Criticising the Karnataka governor's decision to give time to the BJP to prove its majority in the state Assembly, the CPI(M) today accused the saffron party of indulging in horse-trading.
"The politburo of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the time given to the BJP to indulge in naked horse-trading and the use of money power to muster a majority in the Karnataka Assembly.
"Delaying this would only mean that the constitutional office of the governor is being misused to buy time for naked horse-trading. This is blatantly anti-democratic," it said.
Referring to the 2017 Goa Assembly election, the CPI(M) said the governors appointed during the current BJP rule had followed the principle of swearing-in governments on the basis of post-poll arrangements.
In Goa, the Congress had won 17 and the BJP 13 in the 40-member Assembly, but the saffron party was invited by the governor to form the government after it stitched a post-poll alliance with other parties.
The Left party also referred to the Manipur and Meghalaya Assembly elections, where despite not securing a majority, the BJP was invited to form the government by the respective governors on the basis of post-poll arrangements.
The CPI(M) demanded that the chief minister-designate of the Congress-JD(S) coalition be sworn-in and the alliance asked to prove its majority on the floor of the House, in accordance with Supreme Court verdicts.
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