New Delhi, May 17: 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. Also Read - Patidar Leader Hardik Patel, 26, Appointed New Working President of Gujarat Congress
This Karnataka political battle has now reached to the other states and is slowly spreading. Goa, Bihar, Congress leaders in Manipur and Meghalaya have sought time from the respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow. (ALSO READ: Will Meet Bihar Guv, Prove Majority to Form Govt, Says Tejashwi Yadav as K’taka Political Drama Spreads) Also Read - 'They're Trying to Destabilise Our Government': Rajasthan CM Gehlot Lashes Out at BJP
The state is witnessing high voltage drama in politics after Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP to form the government on Wednesday night and prove their majority on the floor of the House in 15 days. Irked by the decision, Congress and JD(S) filed a petition against this decision in Supreme Court late on Wednesday night. On May 15, the BJP won 104 seats out of 222 Assembly seats that went to polls in Karnataka. The Congress won 78 seats while the JDS won 38. In a turn of events, JDS and Congress came together to form a coalition government. (ALSO READ: If I Were Yeddyurappa, I Would Have Waited Till SC Hearing on Friday Before Taking Oath: Chidambaram) Also Read - 'Not Right to Question Police': Ex-Ally Shiv Sena Backs BJP Over Vikas Dubey Encounter
List of Developments
Congress to Meet Governor in Goa
Nearly after 15 months of the election, Congress has announced that it will stake claim to form the government in Goa since the party too had emerged as the single largest party during the Assembly polls in 2017. The party is likely to march with 16 of its MLAs to the Raj Bhawan tomorrow.
RJD Leader to Meet Governor in Bihar
Following Congress footstep, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav also decided to meet the Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form the government in the state. The party is expected to meet the Governor at 1 AM on Friday, May 18. He requested that the current government here should be dissolved and the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the government.
Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh Likely to Meet Governor
A news agency ANI reported Okram Ibobi Singh saying that they are seeking appointment from the governor for tomorrow. “We were the single largest party and had immediately met governor after results were announced but we weren’t invited to form the government. Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form the government, why not us?” he said.
Former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma Singh Likely to Meet Governor
Reports also claimed that former chief minister Mukul Sangma is also seeking appointment from the governor and discuss the Karnataka matter. In 2018 election, Congress had emerged as the largest party but invited BJP to form the government.
What leaders said on ‘Violation’ of Constitution
Slamming the BJP and Karnataka governor, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the current state of Indian Judiciary was like that of Pakistan and also added that such things do not take place in a democracy. Taking the side of party chief, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, too said that Karnataka Vajubhai Vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier and yesterday he sacrificed Constitution and democracy for him. Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, also condemned horse trading and said that everyone should respect democratic institutions. “Problem is today somebody may come in power & tomorrow he may not be in power but if we violate the constitution, it’s going to have an adverse effect on us,” she said.
In the morning, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani termed the decision taken by the Governor as a “stupid” one. And he demanded BJP to publicly disclose as to what exactly BJP said to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala that made him take such a witted decision. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, BJP chief Amit Shah hit at Congress chief and said, “President of the Congress obviously doesn’t remember the glorious history of his party. The legacy of Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s Party is the horrific Emergency, blatant misuse of Article 356, subverting the courts, media and civil society.”