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BJP fiddling with Constitution to get power in Karnataka: Sachin Pilot

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

The Congress's today accused the Bharataiya (BJP) of "strangulating democracy" in and "fiddling with Constitution" to retain power.

In the wake of the high-voltage political development in Karnataka, the said it was evident that the BJP's only priority is to remain in power.

"The BJP has insulted people's mandate in Their only aim seems to be in power. They can even fiddle with the Constitution to be in power," Pilot alleged here during a sit-in protest.

leaders raised anti-BJP slogans and burnt an effigy of to protest the political developments in the southern Indian state.

He said the had emerged as the single largest party in Aseembly elections in Goa, and Mizoram, but invitation to form government was given to coalitions.

However, despite the and (Secular) being the largest coalition in Karnataka, the BJP was invited by to form the government.

"The vote share of the BJP has reduced in all the states where elections were held. It has lost its trust among people and its false promises have been exposed," he said.

BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was earlier in the day sworn in as the of for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the

The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters. Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the refused to stay his swearing-in.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the southern state winning 104 seats, but is short of a simple majority. The Congress and JD(S) -- which have already announced a post-poll tie-up -- have won 78 and 37 seats, respectively and had claimed before Vala to have numbers to form government in the state.

The has given the BJP 15 days' time to prove its majority.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:30 IST