Cong call to ‘save democ­racy’

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Congress on Thurs­day gave a call for protests across the coun­try on Fri­day to "save democ­racy" in the light of the bla­tant mur­der of democ­racy in Kar­nataka to in­stall a mi­nor­ity BJP govern­ment.

Party com­mu­ni­ca­tion chief Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala told a Press con­fer­ence here that there will be demon­stra­tions by the party work­ers on Fri­day in all state and dis­trict head­quar­ters.

He re­gret­ted that Kar­nataka Gov­er­nor Va­jub­hai Vala acted at the in­stance of the Modi govern­ment to block in­stal­la­tion of a ma­jor­ity govern­ment of the Congress and Janata Dal(S) com­bine. He hoped that the Supreme Court will or­der floor test by BJP Chief Min­is­ter BS Yed­dyu­rappa on Mon­day to show he does not com­mand the ma­jor­ity in the Assem­bly.

In a cir­cu­lar to all state units, AICC gen­eral se­cre- tary Ashok Gehlot asked all PCC pres­i­dents and se­nior lead­ers to lead del­e­ga­tions to the Gov­er­nors and sub­mit mem­o­ran­dum, urg­ing the Pres­i­dent of In­dia to safe­guard demo­cratic prin­ci­ples and the sanc­tity of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said the protests at state and dis­trict head­quar­ters should be in the form of "dhar­nas" on Fri­day. He also asked par­ty­men to reach out to all other demo­cratic forces and civil so­ci­ety to seek their sup­port to this cause.

SINGHVI'S COM­MENTS: Mean­while, se­nior Congress leader and se­nior advocate had all ku­dos for the Apex Court hear­ing him at the dead of the night on the Kar­nataka de­vel­op­ment.

In a se­ries of tweets, he said: "Ir­re­spec­tive of mer­its, SC finds suf­fi­cient ur­gency to list at 1.45 am. Shows sys­tem works ir­re­spec­tive if mer­its in get­ting larger wheels to move at a very short no­tice with­out re­gards to tech­ni­cal­i­ties.

"SC de­serves im­mea­sur­able ku­dos 4 sit­ting 3+half hrs from 2 am. Pa­tient hear­ing par ex­cel­lence. Though no stay, Bench made swear­ing fully sub­ject to fur­ther orders.

"In a sense, BSY's oath is pro­vi­sional. SC can change in­terim or­der to­mor­row af­ter see­ing doc­u­ments. Pre­pone­ment of floor test also open."

Singhvi also put a pic­ture of a horse in the stable that reads: 'Horse trad­ing' is nec­es­sary for a 'stable govern­ment." His tweet says: "Hope it is not any­one's motto? Or maybe it is...cur­rently for one party."

Lead­ers of Congress and JD(S) stage a dharna in front of the Gandhi Statue in Ban­ga­lore on Thurs­day.

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