Leader of the Opposition in the Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir today accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of “murdering democracy” and emerging as an angel custodian of ‘manipulative politics ‘ unleashed in the country.
Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan on Wednesday, Shabbir Ali said the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election episode has once again exposed the “anti-democratic” face of the Narendra Modi government which is now caught in its own web of horse-trading, kidnapping of legislators with the egg on its face. He said BJP exploited the official machinery in Gujarat with a sole intention to defeat Ahmed Patel of Congress in the Tuesday’s Rajya Sabha elections.
Ali said perhaps egged by the BJP’s stellar role of horse-trading and manipulations in recent Assembly and Parliament elections, the partners of BJP in south — TRS and TDP — had also foiled the democratic and constitutionally guaranteed institutions like the Assembly. Chief Ministers of both Telugu States K Chandrasekhar Rao and Nara Chandrababu Naidu have competed in denigrating democracy and Constitution. While KCR gave one Ministerial berth to one out of 24 defectors from TDP in Telangana, AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had given four cabinet posts to the brigade of 28 MLAs, defectors from the YSRCP, he added.
Congratulating Ahmed Patel for being elected fifth time and also the Congress MLAs, who withstood all pressures and appeasement from the ruling party, Shabbir said this episode has proved that Amit Shah is not a magician. The RS elections have set a trend for the ensuing general elections in Gujarat, he said. (NSS)