Congress to observe 'Save Democracy Day' on Friday to protest swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka

New Delhi: The Congress will observe 'Save Democracy Day' across the country on Friday to protest Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's "collusion with the BJP" and his "partisan" action of inviting BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as chief minister following a split verdict in that state.

Congress party supporters and MLAs stage a dharna in front of the Gandhi Statue near Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru to protest against the governor's invitation to BJP to form the state government. PTI

Congress party supporters and MLAs stage a dharna in front of the Gandhi Statue near Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru to protest against the governor's invitation to BJP to form the state government. PTI

The Congress will hold protests at state capitals and district headquarters.

State Congress chiefs have been asked to address press conferences and give memorandums to respective governors to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to "safeguard democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution".

In a letter to party state units, Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said that the party along with the Janata Dal-Secular had submitted a list of Karnataka MLAs, with the numbers more than the required number to form the government.

"The governor has not only undermined the dignity of his office, he has also acted in an unconstitutional manner. This dangerous precedent strikes at the very heart of India's democracy and portends grave consequences for all coming elections," Gehlot said.

The state units have been urged to use "evocative slogans and innovative techniques to highlight the travesty" and also seek the support of civil society organisations.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a regular press briefing that the party will expose the misdeeds of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and highlight the fact that democracy has been murdered in broad daylight by none other than the Karnataka governor who had taken the oath to protect the Constitution.

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Updated Date: May 17, 2018 21:08 PM

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