Bengaluru/Lucknow: Reports says Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati played a key role in stitching a post-poll alliance between the Indian National Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka following a hung verdict on Tuesday. Political experts said that by aligning with Congress to stop BJP, Mayawati seeks to boost "opposition unity" before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This resulted in victory mostly of BJP candidates in these regions. The Bharatiya Janata Party, on the other hand, emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats. Mayawati had earlier bailed out Congress government in Uttarakhand in 2016 and its two MLAs voted for it in the floor test following disqualification of its nine MLAs who defected to BJP camp. "We contested against the BJP as well as Congress".
"The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a Govt in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn't have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution", Gandhi tweeted.More news: Bumble Bee Foods CEO Indicted on Federal Price Fixing Charges
Taking on the BJP, Mayawati accused the party of misusing official machinery to install its government in Karnataka. "Since the BJP-led NDA came to power at the Centre, it has been misusing government machinery and attacking democratic values".
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They contended that they, with a total strength of 115 MLAs, are in a better position to form the government. "This not only ends the dignity of the Governor's office but is also not good for democracy".
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