Bengaluru. May 17: The Congress protest outside Vidhan Soudha against BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Senior party leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Siddaramaiah and others joined the protest.
“The matter is pending before the Court. We will go to the people and we will tell them how BJP is going against the Constitution”, said Siddaramaiah.
#UpdateVisuals from Bengaluru: Congress holds protest at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha, against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing in as CM of #Karnataka. GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Siddaramaiah present. pic.twitter.com/asDWeGJTpD
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
JD(S) leaders also participated in the protest.
Earlier in the morning, Yeddyurappa sworn-in as 23rd chief minister of Karnataka.
Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath to Yeddyurappa on Thursday even as none of the council of ministers were sworn in.
In a rare pre-dawn hearing, Supreme Court refused to halt BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister.
During the proceedings, that started at 2.20 a.m. and concluded with the court passing order at 5.30 in the morning, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal was asked to bring the letters which the court was told are with the Karnataka Governor.
The top court has posted the matter for hearing on May 17.
The court heard a joint petition by the Congress and JD-S challenging Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision inviting Yeddyurappa to form a new government in the state despite having 104 MLAs — eight short of simple majority.