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Punjab Cong submits memorandum against K'taka governor

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The Congress, led by Minister and Sunil Jakhar, today submitted a memorandum to the through V P Singh Badnore, protesting against "subversion" of the Constitution by the of Karnataka, and sought his intervention to "save" the democratic polity of the country.

The minister lambasted the BJP-led government at the Centre for allegedly leaving no stone unturned to subvert the Constitution.

"A grave violation of the Constitution has taken place in and the has already intervened to uphold the Constitutional principles of the country, but we have appealed to Ram Nath Kovind, through the memorandum, to protect the democratic values on which is founded," the minister said after meeting the at the Raj Bhawan here.

president expressed concerns over the consequences he said the developments would have for the nation.

Terming the act of the governor as "blatant murder of democracy", Jakhar said the principle of 'one nation, one law' could not be ignored and the Constitution could not be interpreted and applied differently in different states.

The rule of law had been set aside by the on partisan lines, the chief said, adding that there was no ambiguity about which party should be invited to form the government in such cases, given the various recent precedents and judicial verdicts.

The governor was encouraging horse trading and could be tried for breach of the Constitution, Jakhar alleged, pointing out that the also rejected the BJP's argument that the did not apply before the MLAs were sworn in.

In its memorandum, the described the events of Karnataka as a "blatantly murderous assault on India's democratic polity and Constitutional principles, which could escalate into the total destruction of the very foundations on which the Indian Republic is founded."

Through the memorandum, the party expressed itself as "outraged and appalled at the scandalous collusion between the governor and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was clearly manifested in his decision to invite the BJP to form the government in Karnataka in violation of all ethical norms."

It said the extremely dangerous precedent set by the struck at the very heart of India's democracy and portends grave consequences for all forthcoming elections and the electoral propriety which made the biggest democracy in the world.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:55 IST