BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka’s new chief minister on Thursday morning after the Supreme Court refused to stay the oath-taking ceremony in a rare late-night hearing. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) combine had petitioned the top court late on Wednesday night in a bid to stall the BJP from forming government
Following the governor’s announcement, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress of “blowing up the Constitution to shambles”.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that his party will explore all legal and constitutional options.
“We will use all legal and constitutional rights available to us. Hum janta ki adaalat mein jaayenge (we will approach the people’s court),” he said.
The Congress leader also questioned how BJP was able to come to power in Goa and Manipur by forging a post-poll alliance.
“We want to ask Amit Shah ji that if two parties cannot come together in post poll coalition, then how did you form governments in Goa and Manipur by superseding single largest party? Governor has shamed his office,” Surjewala said.
In 2017, BJP was able to forge a post-poll alliance with non-Congress parties to keep the latter out of power in Goa and Manipur despite it being the single largest party.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi slammed the governor for his “partisan decision” and giving “official sanctity” to “horse trading”.
History will judge you for this partisan decision and for giving official sanctity to horse trading to get to power. This happens when party loyalty means more than following constitutional norms that comes with the constitutional office you hold,” she said in a tweet.
Rahul spoke out today. In his tweet, Rahul said: “The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy”