As Maharashtra’s new government takes office, the BJP ‘undemocratically’ seizes yet another state

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The Congress charged the BJP on Thursday with “undemocratically and unethically seizing another state via the show of money and muscular force” after days of political instability in Maharashtra culminated in the establishment of a new administration headed by rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the state, which was led by Uddhav Thackeray, had the Congress as an alliance partner in addition to the NCP.

Congressman Jairam Ramesh called the incident in Maharashtra “shameful for Indian democracy” and asserted that the BJP aims to seize power at all costs under the leadership of Modi and Shah.

The party claimed that the BJP has been primarily focused on “toppling elected governments in states rather than serving the public” since 2014. It asserted that the Speaker’s and Governor’s offices as well as the ED and CBI are openly manipulated, and it noted that under BJP control, buying MLAs has become normal.

The BJP “may go to any degree to win elections,” according to the statement, “from misuse of money power to divisiveness and violence.” If the electorate rejects them, they allegedly begin plotting to overthrow elected administrations.

The party also cited examples in Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and Bihar, among others, where the “BJP toppled” Congress governments.

The BJP was “destabilising both democratically elected governments and democratically installed administrations,” the Congress said in its statement. The statement read, “This is not only an insult to democracy, but also to the people who voted against the BJP’s ideology.”

The BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took the oath to serve as Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister on the same day that dissident Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the state’s chief minister.