Congress to hold protests across India, demand President Kovind’s intervention

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Bengaluru: JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda, Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad, former CM Siddaramaiah, JD(S) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy with JD(S) and Congress party supporters and MLAs stage dharna in front of Gandhi Statue near Vidhan Soudha to protest against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's invitation to BJP to form the government, in Bengaluru on Thursday. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI5_17_2018_000087B)

Protesting against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s “collusion with the BJP”, by inviting BS Yeddyurappa to take the oath of office despite falling short of the required mandate, the Congress party is observing a ‘Save Democracy Day’ across the country. The party will hold protests across state capitals and district headquarters.

Accusing the Governor of “undermining the dignity of his office’ the Congress said, “The dangerous precedent strikes at the very heart of India’s democracy and portends grave consequences for all forthcoming election.”  The party has decided that all the PCC presidents and senior leaders will lead a delegation to the Governors in their state and hand over memorandums urging the President of India to safeguard democratic principles and sanctity of constitution.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will continue hearing the petitions against Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state.

 

In the wake of the Supreme Court giving it an urgent midnight hearing on the Karnataka government formation, earlier on Thursday the Congress launched a coordinated move with other Opposition parties to win a symbolic battle of perception against the BJP. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi both spoke to H D Deve Gowda, and are reported to have been in touch with several Opposition leaders, even as demands to give single largest parties a chance to form governments were made in states such as Bihar, Goa and Manipur.