BJP’s focus is to bring down elected governments since 2014, says Jairam Ramesh


After Eknath Shinde took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that since 2014, the focus of the BJP has been to bring down the elected governments in states. Jairam Ramesh, who is also the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of communications, said that the offices of governors, speakers, central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are openly misused.

Jairam Ramesh said, “Since 2014, the prime focus of the BJP has been to bring down elected governments in states rather than serve the public. The offices of the Governors and Speakers, and agencies like ED and CBI are openly misused. Buying MLAs has become so common that the Finance Minister blurted out the truth today, when she suggested imposition of GST on horse-trading.”


Slamming the BJP, the Congress MP said, “Through the naked display of money and muscle power, the BJP has undemocratically and unethically captured yet another state government. Under the Modi-Shah duo, the BJP wants to capture power at any cost, either directly or through remote control. What happened in Maharashtra is shameful for Indian democracy.”

The Congress leader said, “BJP can go to any extent to win elections-from misuse of money power to polarization and violence. Despite using all these tactics, if the voters reject them, then they start hatching conspiracies to topple elected governments.”

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The opposition leader said, “The BJP brought down the Congress government in Uttarakhand in 2016 in a similar way. The government, elected for five years, was reduced to a minority in four years by engineering defections. In the same year, in Arunachal Pradesh, 43 out of 44 Congress MLAs were made to defect to the BJP-backed Front- People’s Party of Arunachal under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu.”

He added, “The Congress party was the single largest party by winning 28 out of 60 seats in the 2017 assembly elections in Manipur. The BJP had only 21 seats but the Congress was not given a chance by the Governor to prove its majority.”


The leader said that a similar game happened in Bihar in 2017. “A similar modus operandi was carried out in Bihar in the year 2017. The BJP unethically toppled the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government that lasted 20 months. In the year 2019, the Congress-JDS coalition government was toppled in Karnataka,”Ramesh alleged.

“In March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the country, a political conspiracy was being hatched in Madhya Pradesh. The world was preparing to deal with the challenge of coronavirus but the BJP government was busy capturing elected governments. In June 2020, 8 MLAs of Gujarat Congress were made to join the BJP, only for the purpose of winning Rajya Sabha elections. In 2021, a similar story repeated in Puducherry and before the assembly elections, the BJP toppled the Congress government in the state,” he said.

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He further added in his statement, “There are two other such incidents where the BJP tried to form a government in an unethical manner through money power. First, in November 2019 in Maharashtra, where Devendra Fadnavis took oath along with 10 defected NCP MLAs at midnight, but then had to step down unceremoniously. Second, in Rajasthan, the BJP tried to mislead 19 Congress MLAs, but their machinations failed and the Congress government continues to serve the people of Rajasthan.”

“We strongly condemn the way the BJP is destabilising both democratically elected governments and democratically installed governments. This is not only an insult to democracy, but also an insult to the people who voted against the ideology of BJP,” the leader said.

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