SRINAGAR: Reacting to the collapse of Congress-JDS government in Karnataka after losing the confidence motion in the Assembly, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was a black day for democracy as a country, that takes pride in being the world's largest democracy, watched an elected government crumble.
However, former J&K chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said it's hardly the death of democracy as, like all post-poll coalitions, this was also an opportunistic alliance born out of a fractured mandate.
''After all the money paid for lavish trips to influence Karnataka lawmakers in Mumbai, what could make the HD Kumaraswamy-led Cong-JD(S) govt collapse? It's a black day for democracy when a country that takes pride in being the world's largest democracy watches an elected govt crumble," Ms Mehbooba, who is the President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
''It's hardly the death of democracy as like all post-poll coalitions this one was also an opportunistic alliance born out of a fractured mandate.
It will give birth to another opportunistic government born out of resort/hotel stays & private jet flights,'' Mr Abdullah tweeted.
The Karnataka government of HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday collapsed after the confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister was defeated in the state Assembly, ending his 14-month-long turbulent tenure.