New Delhi: Denouncing the BJP's move to form government in Goa and Manipur, rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the party of 'stealing' the mandate of people and undermining democracy in these states.
Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi critised the BJPs move on Tuesday, of stealing the mandate" of the people and "undermining democracy" using money power to form government in Goa and Manipur. He also alleged that the Goa Governor acted in "partisan" manner.
"They say that it is okay for them to misuse the office of the Governor... In the two states where we won, democracy has been undermined by them (BJP) using financial power, money. That is what happening. The mandate of the people of Goa has been stolen by the BJP," he told reporters outside Parliament.
This was the first time after the results of the elections in five states were declared on March 11, Gandhi said, " Our fight againt the BJP is an ideological fight.What the BJP has done in Manipur and Goa is their ideology - and that is what we are fighting."
"The question is about how much the BJP has thrown to steal the mandate of people of Manipur and Goa.It is not how soon they went, but with how much money the BJP gave o steal the mandate of Goa and Manipur," Gandhi said on queried as to why Congress "delayed" staking claim for government formation.
He said a letter was issued in favour of Manohar Parikar even before the Congress stake its claim,when asked about the Goa Governor's "partisan" manner.
"Before any floor tests or anything (Congress leader Lok Sabha Mallikarjun) Kharge ji showed me a letter of the Governor appointing Mr Parrikar as Chief Minister. So it is difficult for us to stake claim if the Governor is already in a partisan manner," he said.
The Congress leader said that the BJP's win in Uttar Pradesh was nothing but polarisation.
"I would like to say that BJP won the election in UP and i would like to congratulate them. Why they won it, there are multiple reasons. Largely part of it is polarisation But the fact is that they won the election," he said.
"We has a little down in UP which is fine, we accept it. But we have a ideological fight with the BJP and we will continue to do that," he stressed.
Gandhi said in the five assembly elections, the congress formed its government in Punjab and won elections in Manipur and Goa. "That is not bad results. It is true that we lost in Uttar Pradesh ad Uttarakhand," he said.
Earlier, the congress leader had said in Punjab and other states too, that it is the regional leader that fought elections and won.
"They are the people who fight elections and they are successful in Punjab, successful in Goa and in Manipur," he said.