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Congress to observe ‘Save Democracy Day’ on Friday to protest Karnataka governor’s decision

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”.

india Updated: May 17, 2018 21:37 IST
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah along with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Ghelot during a joint protest at Gandhi statue inside Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru on May 17.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah along with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Ghelot during a joint protest at Gandhi statue inside Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru on May 17.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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.

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 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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