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BJP President Amit Shah is expert in toppling non-BJP governments: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Nov 14: Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday slammed the Narendra Modi government for imposing President’s rule in Maharashtra and said that Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah is an expert in toppling the governments as he knows how to break parties.

Slamming Amit Shah for the imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra, I do not have an experience like Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He has enormous experience of breaking the governments. We have seen in Goa and Karnataka how they toppled the governments,” Sibal told ANI while clarifying why Congress has been alleging that President’s rule in Maharashtra was imposed for horse-trading.

“We are not experts in this, it is Amit Shah who knows how and where to keep MLAs, which hotel needs to be booked. We express our concern because we have seen their conduct in the past,” he said.

“Amit Shah is very experienced as far as these matters are concerned. He knows how to break and how to unite political parties; we have seen glimpses of it in several states – be it in Goa or Karnataka,” he said.

Sibal further pointed out the differentiation in the time limit given to BJP, and Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

“Maharashtra Governor gave the BJP two weeks time to form the government. He should have told BJP to prove the majority in four days. But he made us wait for so long to impose the President’s rule and gave just 14-18 hours is incorrect,” the Congress leader said.

Responding to the Supreme Court’s decision which allows 17 disqualified MLAs to contest Karnataka by-polls, he said: “After the apex court’s judgement, it does not mean horsetrading was not there. They should contest elections and citizens should decide what is wrong and right.”

He said if the Karnataka leaders are joining the BJP then there must be “some reason” behind it.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal accused the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari of acting at the behest of the Centre to impose President’s Rule in the state. He claimed that this was done to allow horse-trading to take place.

Alleging that BJP could use money power to lure legislators of other parties, Sibal cited the example of Karnataka. Moreover, he contended that this was “misuse” of authority and “highly immoral”.

“They are acting in unison to ensure that there is President’s Rule so that horse-trading can take place thereafter. Allow President’s Rule. Allow sufficient time to yourself and then use money power to get other legislators on board by the way they did in Karnataka when they flew these people to Mumbai. We know the story of Karnataka. That’s what they want to repeat. So, this is misuse of authority. And it is highly immoral.”

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