Congress observes ‘Save Democracy Day’ across the country today

New Delhi: In protest against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Valas decision to “illegally” invite BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state, the Congress is observing ‘Save Democracy Day’ across the country. The party held protests across state capitals and district headquarters.

State Congress chiefs have been asked to address press conferences and give memorandums to respective Governors to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to safeguard democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution.

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

Accusing the Governor of “undermining the dignity of his office, the Congress said, “The dangerous precedent strikes at the very heart of India’s democracy and portends grave consequences for all forthcoming election.”

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

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a regular press briefing that the party will expose the misdeeds of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and highlight the fact that democracy has been murdered in broad daylight by none other than the Karnataka Governor who had taken the oath to protect the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered that a floor test be conducted at 4pm, Saturday to determine whether the day-old BS Yeddyurappa government has the support of the required number of MLAs to continue in government