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Nothing undemocratic in BJP staking claim in Karnataka: Shah

New Delhi, May 21: BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said that being the single-largest party in Karnataka Assembly, it was his party’s responsibility to stake claim to form the government and there was nothing “undemocratic or unethical” in it. He said if the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) had not locked their MLAs in five star hotels and allowed them to interact with people, the JD-S would have supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The BJP emerged as the single-largest party in Karnataka. The mandate was in favour of the BJP. The Congress and the JD-S formed an alliance against the people’s mandate. This is what I call an unholy alliance,” Shah said while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here. He said the BJP’s vote share saw a major increase despite Congress crossing all limits of political decency by aligning with anti-national organisations. “The mandate was clearly anti-Congress. Wherever JD-S won, our organisation was week. The Chief Minister lost his seat and many of his ministers were defeated. This proves that the mandate was anti-Congress,” he said. (IANS)

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