Opposition accuses BJP of murdering democracy, Congress demands Karnataka Governor recall

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

Both the parties had submitted signed letters of legislators to the Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government.

Governor chose to invite BS Yeddyurappa first. He requested that the current government here should be dissolved and the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the government.

Several top leaders of the Congress, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Gehlot sat on dharna and were later joined by JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda and the combine's chief ministerial contender HD Kumaraswamy.

State Congress chiefs have been asked to address press conferences and give memorandums to respective governors to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to "safeguard democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution". The party is expected to meet the Governor at 1 AM on Friday, May 18.

The Congress, which in alliance with the JD (S) had made a bid to form the government in the state, referred to a 2011 tweet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the recall of the then Karnataka governor and said, "We agree". "We challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah that if you have the courage of conviction, we dare you to prove your majority on the floor of the House tomorrow itself and the truth will come and democracy will win as you will be decisively decimated and defeated", Surjewala told reporters.

Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate, BS Yeddyurappa, sworn-in as chief minister of Karnataka, Congress said that they will be observing "Save Democracy Day" across the country to protest Karnataka Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government despite lacking the requisite numbers.

"BJP's movement is laughable".

However, the apex court refused to stay swearing-in ceremony of Yeddyurappa as the Karnataka Chief Minister.

Even as Yeddyurappa was taking oath at Raj Bhavan, Congress and JD (S) leaders sat at the feet of Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Vidhana Sauda, the state secretariat, to protest against the governor's decision. "His fate as CM is dependent on the court hearing", Surjewala said.

He slammed the Congress-JD (S) alliance as "unholy" and charged they were out to grab power though the people had "rejected them outright".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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