Congress president Rahul Gandhi, while reacting on the invitation of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s to the Bhartia Janta Party to form the government in as ‘the defeat of democracy’.
Gandhi on Thursday said BJP’s insistence on forming a government in Karnataka despite lacking the numbers was a ‘mockery of Constitution’.
Taking to twitter, Mr Gandhi said, ‘The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.’
The Congress has termed the decision of the Governor as a ‘murder of democracy’. “It has charged the Governor with acting like a BJP puppet,” he said.
The reply came soon after the Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday.
A three-Judge Bench, comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, however, made it clear that the swearing-in and the government formation will be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.
The apex court was hearing a petition early Thursday morning filed by Congress and JD(S) challenging the governor’s decision to invite Mr Yeddyurappa to form a new government in the state.
In the petition filed by the two parties late Wednesday night, they sought to stay the swearing-in of Mr Yeddyurappa.
The Supreme Court also directed that the letter sent by the BJP to the governor for forming the government be placed before it.
The apex court also issued notices to the Karnataka government and Mr Yeddyurappa and posted the matter for further hearing on Friday morning. (UNI)