Karnataka crisis a murder of democracy: APCC

ITANAGAR, May 18: Calling the Karnataka political crisis “a murder of democracy,” the Congress party in Arunachal Pradesh appealed to the President of India to safeguard the democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Friday submitted a memorandum to the President through the governor, which stated that the governor of Karnataka had colluded with the BJP to subvert democracy by inviting the BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government despite the fact that the Congress-JD(S) coalition had submitted a letter with the adequate numbers.
“The governor has not only undermined the dignity of his office, but also acted in an unconstitutional manner,” the party said.
“If this becomes the rule,” it said, “a dangerous precedent will be set in the country,” adding that a governor should act abiding by the Constitution.
The party described what is happening in Karnataka as murder of democracy and a systematic erosion of all democratic processes by the BJP to grab power.
“Constitutionally, there is no separate rule for Karnataka, Goa, Manipur, and Meghalaya. The Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the elections in those states; yet the BJP, in coalition with other parties, was invited to form the government on the principle that they had clear majority, which is unethical and against the principles of democracy,” the party said.
Meanwhile, the APCC welcomed the Supreme Court’s directive for a floor test in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday to ascertain whether the newly-appointed chief minister enjoys the majority of the legislators.