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Congress Approaches CJI, Demands Urgent Hearing On ‘Murder Of Democracy’ In Karnataka

After 'governor invites Yeddyurappa to manufacture a majority in 15 days'

The Congress approached the Chief Justice of India late on Wednesday just hours after the Karnataka governor invited BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in Bengaluru, alleging that Governor Vajubhai Vala had acted like a “BJP puppet” and allowed the saffron party to “manufacture” a majority in 15 days. 

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the party has sought a hearing on its petition challenging the Governor’s decision tonight itself.

“We have filed a petition before the Supreme Court and have urged the registrar to allow hearing on it tonight itself,” Singhvi told PTI, adding that immediate hearing has been sought as the matter was very serious. Singhvi, who has been assigned the task to lead Congress’ legal challenge against Vala’s decision, met the Supreme Court registrar to take forward the process to hear the “urgent petition”.

Sources said the petition is being assigned to a judge for its early hearing. They said the urgent hearing has been sought tonight as Yeddyurappa’s swearing in was taking place as early as 9 AM tomorrow and there was very little time left for it.

Congress leader P Chidambaram also alleged that the Governor has given Yeddyurappa 15 days time to “convert” the number of 104 legislators to 111. “Governor invites Mr Yeddyurappa to manufacture a majority in 15 days,” Chidambaram said.

Party general secretary Ashok Gehlot said that the decision was a “murder of democracy” and has been taken “under pressure from the BJP leadership”.

“It is a murder of democracy in the country and it is a black day in India’s history…The decision has been taken under pressure of BJP leaders,” Gehlot told PTI.

Gehlot expressed concerns over the development and said people of the country are “worried” over the direction in which the country was moving.

In a communique, Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath as chief minister tomorrow. He also asked Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office. The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the southern state winning 104 seats but is short of a simple majority. On the other hand, the Congress and JD(S), which have already announced post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats respectively and claimed before Vala to have numbers to form the government in the state.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also hit out at Vala, accusing him of denigrating the Governor’s office, trampling upon Constitution and abusing law and acting like a “BJP puppet”.

Vala, Surjewala charged, chose to serve “his masters in the BJP” than serving the Constitution.  “Vajubhai Vala denigrates the Governor’s office, tramples upon Constitution, abuses the law & acts as a BJP puppet. “He chooses to serve his Master’s in BJP rather than serve the Constitution. As @BJPKarnataka informed in advance, orders come from BJP HQ then the sanctity of office,” he said on Twitter. PTI

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