Karnataka Government Formation: Congress to hold nation-wide dharna on Friday


New Delhi, May 17: The Congress will stage a nation-wide dharna on Friday against the formation of a government by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka. 

All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ashok Gehlot issued a letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders, and workers to organise state-wide dharnas at state capitals and district Headquarters against Karnataka Governor for inviting B S Yeddyurappa to form a government in Karnataka.

Earlier in a day, the Congress held a protest outside Vidhan Soudha in the southern state.

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.



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