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Oppn determined to organise national movement to defend democracy: Yechury

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Opposition parties are determined to organise a major movement across the country in defence of democracy, if parliamentary democratic norms are not followed in Karnataka, CPI(M) said today.

Parties such as the Congress, JD(S), the Left, and other regional ones, who are in touch with each other, are likely to meet either in or to chalk out their plan for the movement, opposition sources said.

BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was today as the of for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the which refused to stay his swearing-in.

The apex court however made it clear that the swearing-in and the government formation in the state would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.

The bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, posted the matter for further hearing tomorrow morning and ordered placing before it the letter of support from MLAs presented by the BJP to while staking claim to form the government.

"We would decide (on future course of action) after the court's verdict. All opposition parties are determined to make this a major national issue in defence of democracy if blatant violation of our constitution continues and parliamentary democratic norms are not maintained," Yechury said.

According the opposition sources, who are in touch with JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda, efforts are been made by all opposition parties to organise protest marches across the country to corner the BJP.

"I think every other secular democratic opposition party are opposing the way BJP has been invited to form the government in and how the has given them 15 days to prove majority (in the Assembly). Even if they do not have the number, time is been given to them for horse-trading. Even some of the BJP's allies like the are also opposing it," a said.

The had yesterday termed Karnataka Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government "murder of democracy and trampling of Constitution".

Responding to the accusation, Shah, in a tweet today, said, "The 'Murder of Democracy' happens the minute a desperate made an 'opportunist' offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka's welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!".

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

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 17:35 IST
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