Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the BJP over its “irrational insistence” to form a government in Karnataka despite “not having the numbers”. He said while the saffron party will celebrate its “hollow victory”, India will mourn the “defeat of democracy”.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi stated, ” The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution”.
“This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy”, he added.
The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution.
This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018
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.
Meanwhile, the Congress also staged a protest against Yeddyurappa’s swearing outside Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka.
In a rare pre-dawn hearing, Supreme Court refused to halt BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister.
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.
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. Now the matter will be heard on Friday morning.