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Centre wants to demolish democracy, misusing ED to threaten MLAs: Kumaraswamy

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

JD(S) leader H D today said the government wants to demolish democracy in the country and accused the Centre of using agencies like the to threaten MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine in

Addressing reporters after the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as chief minister, he also reached out to non-BJP parties to join hands and bury their differences if any to "protect the interest of the country".

Terming Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government "unconstitutional", the former lashed out at the Centre and said, "How is this behaving? This government wants to demolish democracy in the country."

Kumaraswamy, whose claim to form the government was ignored by the governor, added that giving a party without majority the opportunity to form government and giving it 15 days for a floor test was probably a first in the country.

"What was the reason for 15 days...is it for business?" he asked.

Responding to a question, said the was misusing agencies. "They are threatening and putting pressure on MLAs," he alleged.

Referring to speculation that MLA Anand Singh, who has been out of touch with his party, could rejoin the BJP, said the ED was being used against him as there was a case pending against him.

"I have not spoken to .. one of the Congress' MLAs told me that Singh had called him and expressed his problem... The MLA gave me the message and asked me to take a lead in this issue," he claimed.

Kumaraswamy also asked non-BJP parties to unite and requested his father and former to take the initiative.

"I'm requesting my father to take a lead to request the chiefs of all regional parties, chief ministers and leaders of states to unite against the BJP, which wants to destroy in this country," he said.

The JD(S) leader said all parties other than BJP should join hands and fight it out together.

"I request Mamata Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu, Chandrashekar Rao, Mayawati, Naveen Patnaik. To protect the interest of the country... if there are any differences we must keep them aside," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:20 IST
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