Parties in Southern states condemn BJP’s ‘butchering of democracy’

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A united voice against the BJP seems to be growing in the South in the wake of the recent Karnataka assembly election results. When Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala gave BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa the first preference to form government despite being short of eight MLAs for 112 seats, which the Congress along with Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) already had, there was huge criticism of the move made by parties in the southern states.

Ironically, even the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), which is otherwise fighting Congress as the main opposition, showed support to the grand old party and condemned the move taken by the governor.

“Today is a sad day for Karnataka and a sadder day for Indian democracy. Governors who allow themselves to be playthings of the Centre are undermining positions they hold. His decision is a green signal for horse trading and a naked capitulation of democratic values. There must be a judicial review of Karnataka guv’s decision to invite BJP to form govt,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted.

Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac also tweeted about the same:

“It is a butchering of democracy,” said CPM Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Thursday, reacting to Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in ceremony.

“The Karnataka governor’s hasty invitation to the BJP to form the government despite the majority of MLAs of INC-JD(S)-BSP forming a post-poll alliance is arbitrary and unconstitutional. Such a move will only serve to enable horse-trading and destroy our democratic foundations,” DMK working president M.K. Stalin took to Twitter to echo similar sentiments.

The resentment is only growing against the BJP, due to their unconstitutional and ‘by hook or by crook’ policy to remain in power.

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