New Delhi: Furious Congress leaders walked out of the Lok Sabha Tuesday after Union Home Minister jibed that the UPA had an old habit of destabilising state governments. Singh was speaking on the recent political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Replying to the principal Opposition party’s attacks in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the home minister refuted allegations that the BJP tried to topple its governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
“If any party has an old habit of toppling popular government, it is not the BJP but the Congress. The Congress has dismissed 105 elected governments in this country. How can they accuse us?” Singh said amid a protest from the Congress. The home minister maintained that “no popular government should be destabilised”, adding the Congress was unable to keep its flock together.
“The unfortunate crisis in Uttarakhand happened only because of internal rift in the Congress. Nine Congress MLAs had opposed its own government. In Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP didn’t try to break the government but the Congress leaders showed no-confidence in their government,” Singh said. Earlier, Congress floor leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, accused the BJP of engineering a conspiracy to topple elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
In both states, the Congress came back to power in floor tests after brief periods of the President’s rule. “If your boat has a hole, then it will definitely sink. You can’t blame the water,” Singh said, referring to rebellions within the Congress in the two states.