Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday came out in support of BSP supremo Mayawati, who hit out at BJP after the saffron party formed the government in Karnataka and termed the entire episode as a conspiracy to destroy the Constitution.
"I endorse the views of Mayawatiji. We must give full respect to the maker of our Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar," Banerjee tweeted. "It is a conspiracy to destroy the Constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Since they (BJP) came to power, they have been misusing government machinery, thereby attacking democracy," Mayawati had told reporters in New Delhi. The BSP chief was referring to BJP's B S Yeddyurappa taking oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister.
Launching a scathing attack at BJP for the alleged "horse trading" to form its government in Karnataka, the Chief Minister appealed to the President of India to guide the country to save the democracy.
Banerjee said: "As a protector of the Constitution, I appeal the President of India to please guide us and the country."
Stating that she has not complained of "horse-trading" against BJP only in one particular place, the Chief Minister said: "I don't want to mention any name, it is bad for everyone. Whoever is doing it, we condemn it. Secondly, there are some discrepancies and discrimination."
In the same breath, she criticised what is happening in Karnataka, stating it is different from what had happened in Goa and Manipur, where Congress was the single largest party. "We always respect democracy. Today somebody may come to power and tomorrow they may not continue. But if you violate the Constitution and the democratic system, then please remember it leaves an effect on all," she said.