After the end of Karnataka Elections 2018, Opposition leaders across different party lines welcomed the developments in Karnataka Saturday. Apart from criticising the ruling BJP, oppositions such as the BSP, TDP, Samajwadi Party, and Trinamool Congress see the Congress willingness to pay second fiddle to the JD(S) in the state as a positive development on way to 2019. There were indications that several Opposition leaders would attend the swearing-in of the JD(S)-Congress government, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeting that she had been invited.
BSP Supremo Mayawati, whose party contested the Karnataka polls, in alliance with the JD(S) and won one seat, Kollegal, said the entire Opposition had remained united to defeat the BJP designs in the state. Addressing the media, she attacked the Narendra Modi government of misusing government machinery to capture power in states despite being in minority(Goa and Nagaland). The party had failed to do in Karnataka “because of Opposition unity”, Mayawati said, adding that this might prompt the Ruling BJP to change its strategy for the 2019 General Elections polls.
After this, it was Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, who slammed one step further, the resignation of the Modi government “on moral grounds”. He tweeted: “It is a day of win of public mandate over money power in Indian politics. Those who think they could buy anyone, they have got a lesson today that there are still people who do not take politics as business.”
आज का दिन भारतीय राजनीति में धनबल की जगह जनमत की जीत का दिन है. सबको खरीद लेने का दावा करने वालों को आज ये सबक मिल गया है कि अभी भी भारत की राजनीति में ऐसे लोग बाकी हैं, जो उनकी तरह राजनीति को कारोबार नहीं मानते हैं. नैतिक रूप से तो केंद्र की सरकार को भी इस्तीफ़ा दे देना चाहिए.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 19, 2018
एच. डी. कुमारस्वामी जी को कर्नाटक के नये मुख्यमंत्री के रूप में शपथ लेने के लिए अग्रिम बधाई! आपके नेतृत्व में कर्नाटक देश की स्वस्थ और स्वच्छ राजनीति के भविष्य के लिए नयी दिशा निर्धारित करेगा, इस आशा एवं विश्वास के साथ हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं!
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 20, 2018
Addressing a press conference at Khajuraho, Former Chief Minister of UP, Akhilesh praised the Supreme Court decision for its major role in the Karnataka government formation.
After this RJD leader, Tejashwi Yadav tweeted; “Truth can never be defeated, The truth will always defeat a lie or liar,”. Tejashwi, who tried to deflect the BJP, last week met the Bihar’s Governor to form the government in the state as they were the single largest party, like BJP in Karnataka. Tejashwi staked claim, that he(RJD), and their three ally parties are ready to form the government in Bihar.
Met Governor of Bihar along with support of three other parties and staked claim to form government as we are single largest party & single largest block of pre poll alliance. pic.twitter.com/Xuz14yCvjb
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 18, 2018
TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu also issued a statement, calling the Karnataka developments “a victory of democracy”. “as someone who believes in democracy and Chief Minister, I am welcoming this. Everyone in the country will be happy about this development,” the Andhra Pradesh CM added.
Naidu also said, “The BJP brought back Reddy Brothers who looted the mineral wealth of the country to the forefront and did politics. On the lines of Tamil Nadu, they tried to misuse the institution of the governor in Karnataka too.”
For 2019 General Elections, the oppositions-alliance might be a govt changing decision for BJP, Whereas Indian National Congress, who was trailing on every state, might present a great challenge under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. However, it is not yet clear, that who will be the PM Candidate against Narendra Modi in 2019 General Elections? It may be Rahul Gandhi, Maybe Akhilesh or Mamata Banerjee. But now it has cleared that the upcoming General elections will going to be too tough for BJP.