Cong, JD(S) protest outside Assembly

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2018 08:56:48



AFTER Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the third time, the beleaguered Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) leaders protested Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to BJP to form the Government and termed the decision as ‘unconstitutional’. They staged dharna in front of Gandhi Statue near Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru on Thursday.

“Constitutionally, we (JD-S and Congress) should have been given the chance to form the Government as we together have the majority in the Assembly. The Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the Government is against the Constitution,” State unit Congress chief G Parameshwara told reporters.

Among the Congress leaders who protested were former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, party General Secretary K C Venugopal and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“Yeddyurappa first needs to furnish the list proving his majority in the House,” Siddaramaiah told reporters.
JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda also joined the protest.

Opposition parties on Thursday accused the BJP of “murder of democracy” and “trampling” the Constitution, with the Congress demanding that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala be recalled as it dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to prove BJP’s majority in the State on Friday itself.

The Congress also decided to observe on Friday as ‘Save Democracy Day’ saying party workers across the country will hold protests and dharnas at all district Headquarters against Vala’s “illegal” decision to allow BS Yeddyurappa to take over as Chief Minister, “despite being in a minority”. Stepping up attack on the BJP, Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala dubbed Yeddyurappa as a “one-day Chief Minister” saying he lacked majority and
would be ousted soon after the Supreme Court’s hearing and decision on Friday.

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”.

“Governor of Karnataka is bent upon destroying India’s federal structure, urged PM to request President to recall him,” Modi, who was then the Gujarat Chief Minister, had tweeted on May 19 2011, against the then Governor, H R Bhardwaj, alleging that he was “harassing” the BJP-led State Government and “acting in a partisan manner”. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also targeted the BJP, saying she didn’t know why the Karnataka Governor had not invited JD(S) leader Kumarswamy to form Government.

She “endorsed” the views of BSP supremo Mayawati who termed the entire episode as a conspiracy to destroy the Constitution. “I endorse the views of Mayawatiji. We must give full respect to the maker of our Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,” Banerjee said
on Twitter.

“It is a conspiracy to destroy the constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Since they (BJP) came to power they have been misusing Government machinery, thereby attacking democracy,” Mayawati earlier said.