Congress to Observe 'Save Democracy Day' in Protest Against Karnataka Guv's Decision

Karnataka High Court

Karnataka High Court

Pioneered by late Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.T. Rama Rao around 1984, resort politics has been used by political parties in states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

Congress leader and outgoing CM Siddaramaiah on Thursday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was resorting to horse-trading to get the required number to prove its majority in the Karnataka Assembly.

Karnataka election resulted in a hung assembly on May 15 with BJP cornering 104 seats while Congress and JD (S) secured 78 and 38 seats, respectively, out of 222 constituencies that went to polls.

He was addressing his first press conference soon after taking the oath following an overnight legal battle in the Supreme Court where the Congress-JDS combine made an urgent plea before the top court challenging the governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited Yeddyurappa, the legislative leader of the single largest party, to form the government. We will have to wait and see who among the members will be chosen into the Ministers' cabinet.

To a layman like me, it struck me as odd Abhishek Singhvi referring to the Sarkaria Commission's recommendations since it was already being cited in the media as part of BJP's defence of the governor's stand.

"Nothing is finalized yet, but all (Congress legislators) are at Eagleton now", Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress working president said on Thursday. The coalition can provide a stable government in Karnataka.

"It's our responsibility to give security to our MLAs".

The Congress party, as well as the JD (S), are on Thursday moving their MLAs from Bengaluru to different locations to prevent them from defecting to BJP. "The governor's action is undemocratic and unconstitutional.he is indirectly encouraging horse-trading", Yeddyurappa's predecessor Siddramaiah said. Singh could not be reached for comment, but he is not one of the signatories in Congress letter of support that was submitted to the governor on Tuesday. BJP asked for seven days to prove its majority but it was given 15 days by Vajubhai Vala. The Congress party says the party would stake claim in all the three states, including Karnataka. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said India mourns the defeat of democracy.

Venugopal, who vehemently opposed the plea seeking a stay of the swearing in ceremony, argued that the top court can not question the governor's discretion to call a party to form a government.

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