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Congress Observes 'Save Democracy Day' Across India Today, In Protest Of BJP Govt In Karnataka

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| May 18 , 2018 , 08:26 IST

The Congress party is observing a 'Save Democracy Day' across the country on Friday in protest of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's "collusion with the BJP" inviting BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as Chief Minister of the state on Thursday, despite the Congress-JD(S) having the majority.

According to the Karnataka state assembly results, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, while Congress had 78 seats and fixed a post-poll alliance with JD(S) having 38 seats, so that the alliance had well past the majority number of seats.

However, B S Yeddyurappa, at the invitation of Governor Vala was sworn-in as the Karnataka Chief Minister on Thursday, sparking protests in Karnataka, and the Congress party announced that the protests would be spread nation-wide as a part of the 'Save Democracy Day'.

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Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot in a directive to state party units called for protests and 'dharnas' at state capitals and district headquarters on Friday, to protest against the 'unconstitutional' formation of the BJP government in Karnataka.

"The Honorble Governor of Karnataka has colluded with the Bharatiya Janata Party to subvert the democracy in Karnataka by inviting BJP leader to take the oath of secrecy where as the Congress and JD(S) has submitted the list of MLAs which is more than the required number to form the government," read the letter.

"Therefore, all the Pradesh Congress Committees are requested to organize state-wide dharnas at state capitals and district headquarters on 18th May 2018, to protest this blatantly partisan and authoritarian act of the Hon'ble Governor of Karnataka," it said.  

Since Governor Vajubhai Vala has been an RSS member as well as a part of the Gujarat cabinet during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister, the Governor has been slammed for showing 'preference' to BJP, as opposed to following numbers. Governor Vala, meanwhile defended the BJP government saying it was the single largest party, and granted it 15 days to prove its majority.