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Congress, JD-S protest Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka CM

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The beleaguered and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders on Thursday staged a protest against BJP B.S. Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as the Minister,

Leaders of the and JD-S, who had hastily stitched a post-poll alliance, staged the protest in front of the building soon after Yeddyurappa was administered the oath of office by at the Raj Bhavan.

"Constitutionally, we (JD-S and Congress) should have been given the chance to form the government as we together have the majority in the assembly.

"This decision by the to invite the to form the government is against the Constitution," state unit told reporters here.

Among the leaders protesting were former Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress and senior Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with several newly-elected legislators from both the Congress and JD-S.

Speaking to reporters, said: "Yeddyurappa first needs to furnish the list proving his majority in the House."

JD-S supremo H.D. Deve Gowda also joined the protest. The party's state attacked for "demolishing" the democracy.

"wants to demolish democracy by targeting the opposition parties. When the JD-S and Congress have a majority, we weren't invited by the to form the government," Kumaraswamy said.

Venugopal alleged that Yeddyurappa being directed by the Governor to prove his majority on the floor of the House within 15 days was "only to allow horse-trading".

"Fifteen days were granted by the Governor only to allow BJP to indulge in horse-trading. If the BJP has a majority, two days are enough to prove it. The BJP is trying to poach MLAs," he said.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 13:22 IST