The Congress party on Thursday held a prayer meeting at Raj Ghat to protest against the Karnataka Governor’s decision of sworn in BJP’s senior leader B S Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of the state.
The Delhi unit of congress under the leadership of its state chief, Ajay Maken staged a protest aginst the Governor’s decision despite post-poll Congress-JDS alliance claim of having the majority.
“It was yet another instance of the BJP killing the democracy to form a Government in Karnataka despite not having the required number of MLAs with them,” Mr Maken stated at the prayer meeting.
Claiming that Congress leaders had fought and laid down their lives in the formation and protection of democracy, he said, “what has happened in Karnataka was a murder of democracy under the autocratic rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government in Centre, and a repeat of what had happened in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya.”
Mr Maken said the Congress workers will come out on the streets to protect the democracy and also to make people aware about the move by the BJP, Mr Modi and Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to overturn all constitutional norms and democratic values to hoist the BJP in power in Karnataka.
Mr Maken alleged that the Karnataka Governor flouted the high traditions of his office and has blotted the constitutional post of the Governor by acting like a BJP worker and crushed democracy to satiate the hunger for power.
He said that like in Karnataka, the BJP had acquired power in Goa through illegal means having only 13 MLAs whereas the Congress party had 17 MLAs.
Similarly, in Manipur too, Congress had 28 MLAs, but BJP with just 21 MLAs assumed power. Likewise, in Meghalaya too, Congress had 21 seats but BJP, with just 2 seats, formed the Government by setting aside all the constitutional norms and misusing the office of Governor.
Mr Maken said that Mr Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have forgotten that there is democracy in the country but they are acting like autocrats by misusing power and money to form a government.
The prayer meeting was held at Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi at Rajghat. Besides Mr Maken, prominent others who participated were AICC in-charge of Delhi P C Chacko and several other senior leaders. (UNI)