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Cong to observe 'Save Democracy Day' tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today said it would observe 'Save Democracy Day' across the country tomorrow in protest against Vajubhai Vala's decision to "illegally" invite BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state.

communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala accused the of colluding with the BJP and playing a "partisan" role in government formation in after it threw a split verdict.

He also accused Vala of "murdering" democracy and "trampling" of the Constitution by inviting Yeddyurappa.

"The has decided that its workers and leaders will observe a 'Save Democracy Day' across the country on May 18 to highlight the Governor's trampling of the Constitution," he told reporters.

Surjewala said Congress leaders and workers would hold protests and dharnas at various state and district headquarters across the country.

In a letter to party general secretaries, state unit presidents and chiefs of frontal organisations, asked them to organise protests and dharnas at all state capitals and district headquarters against the 'partisan' role of the

He also asked the presidents and all senior leaders to lead a delegation to the respective governors and submit a memorandum urging the "to safeguard the democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution".

Questioning the decision of the Governor to invite the BJP to form the government in Karnataka, Surjewala said, "if the law says that the single largest party be invited to form the Government, then the same precedent should have been followed in Goa, and "

"The Governor has not only undermined the dignity of his office, he has also acted in an unconstitutional manner. This dangerous precedent strikes at the very heart of India's democracy and portends grave consequences for all coming elections," Gehlot said in his letter.

The state units have been urged to use "evocative slogans and innovative techniques to highlight the travesty" and also seek the support of organisations.

BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was today as the of Karnataka, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the

The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor 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.

Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112.

The Congress and the JD(S) had joined hands after the election and staked claim to form the government.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 21:55 IST