'Unreliable and untrustworthy': Mayawati slams Congress after BSP MLAs switch sides in Rajasthan
Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: BSP President Mayawati on Tuesday hit out at the Congress after six of her MLAs in Rajasthan switched sides, saying the party has once again proved that it is "unreliable" and "untrustworthy".
All six BSP MLAs in Rajasthan defected to the ruling Congress on Monday night. The development came ahead of civic body polls and bypolls for two assembly seats.
In a tweet, Mayawati said, "The Congress government in Rajasthan has once again broken BSP MLAs and proved that is an unreliable and untrustworthy party".
Terming it as a "betrayal", Mayawati said it comes at a time when the BSP was extending unconditional outside support to the Congress.
"Congress, instead of fighting against its bitter opponents and organisations always work to harm those parties which cooperate/support them. The Congress is thus an anti-SC/ST OBC party and has never been sincere and honest about the right to reservation of these classes," she said in another tweet.
The MLAs, who had been in touch with state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, met Assembly Speaker CP Joshi and submitted a letter informing him about their decision to join the Congress.
"We took a decision in order to fight against communal forces and to work for the development of the state and stability of the government. Ashok ji is the best Chief Minister and no one can be better than him for Rajasthan. I was impressed with his style of working and polity," Udaipurwati lawmaker Rajendra Gudd told news agency ANI.
Nadbai MLA Jogendra Singh Awana said that it was difficult for them to support Congress from outside.
"We have given our resignations letter and also met CP Joshi ji and Ashok ji today. There were several challenges in front of us. On one hand, we were supporting Congress for the development of the state and on the other, we were fighting against them in elections. We all gave a thought to it. We took a decision in favour of the state," he said.
In the Rajasthan assembly elections last year, Congress had won on 100 seats. Besides the support of BSP, which has 6 MLAs, Congress had also received the support of 12 out of a total of 13 independent MLAs.
However in March this year, all 12 independent MLAs had joined Congress taking party's tally in the state to 112.
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