Congress to Observe 'Save Democracy Day' in Protest Against Karnataka Guv's Decision

All eyes are set on Saturday's floor test that is set to take place at 4

"I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years", said Yeddyurappa, who has been given 15-days window by governor Vajubhai Vala in a controversial decision that has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Following this Congress and JD (S) filed a petition against this decision in top court. Goa, Bihar, Congress leaders in Manipur and Meghalaya have sought time from the respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow. The party is expected to meet the Governor at 1 AM on Friday, May 18. "We were the single largest party and had immediately met governor after results were announced but we weren't invited to form the government".

While the BJP argued that they were the single largest party to be invited first by the Governor, the JD-S and Congress said that 112 is the majority and Congress-JDS combined is at 117.

"It is a conspiracy to destroy the constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar".

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the 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, Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said the anti-defection law is still applicable in the country and in no way the BJP can prove their majority without poaching.

Reports also claimed that former chief minister Mukul Sangma is also seeking appointment from the governor and discuss the Karnataka matter.

He said the sanctity of the Raj Bhawan has been "lowered" at BJP's behest and said, "This taking over of Yeddyurappa is a backdoor entry, as neither the prime minister nor Amit Shah have attended his swearing-in today".

"Yeddyurappa will turn out one-day Chief Minister".

Despite the BJP having secured 104 of the 222 seats for which polling was held, eight short of a majority, and facing the challenging task of rustling up the numbers to stay afloat, Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that he would win the confidence vote about which he was "100 per cent sure".

The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman took the oath alone, in a reflection of continued uncertainty over the longevity of his term in office after the newly formed JD (S)-Congress alliance knocked the door of the Supreme Court to stall government formation.



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