Raipur: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday described the swearing-in of B S Yeddyurappa as the chief minister of the southern Indian state of Karnataka a "victory of every Kannadiga" who voted to "uproot the corrupt and divisive politics" of the Congress.
In a tweet, he also expressed hope that the new BJP government in the state under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's guidance will fulfil people's aspirations.
Shah's wish came amid hectic efforts by the saffron party to secure the support of some MLAs from rivals Congress and Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) as its strength of 104 is still eight short of the majority mark of 112 in the 224-member state Assembly.
The state governor has given Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly, a decision which the Congress decried as "murder of democracy".
Hitting back, Shah said democracy was murdered the moment "desperate" Congress made an "opportunist" offer to the JD(S) to form the government in the state for "petty political gains".
The Constitution is under "severe attack", and an atmosphere of fear prevailed in the country, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday against the backdrop of political developments in Karnataka.
Even the judiciary was being suppressed and threatened, the Congress chief said, likening the situation to Pakistan and some African countries under "dictatorship".
Gandhi, who is on a two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, was referring to the unprecedented press conference by four senior judges of the Supreme Court in January this year to express their grievances against the chief justice of India.
Gandhi also accused the BJP and the RSS of capturing every democratic institution in the country.
"One after another, you can see every democratic institution in the country, like the MPs, MLAs, the press and the Planning Commission...the RSS is trying to induct its people," the 47-year-old Congress leader said.
All these institutions collectively form the voice of the country, and the RSS and the BJP are trying to suppress these voices, he claimed.