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Congress stages protest, Governor flayed

Installation of BJP government in Karnataka

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SHILLONG, May 18: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Friday staged a protest at the Congress Bhawan against the action of the Karnataka Governor and to protest the style of functioning of the BJP Government.

A number of Congress leaders and MLAs including party workers raised anti BJP slogans while also carrying placards to demonstrate their protest.

Speaking to reporters after the protest, Congress MLA from Laitumkhrah constituency, Ampareen Lyngdoh said, Even in Meghalaya, the Congress will take a step forward to stake claim to form the Government once they emerge as the single largest party after winning the Ampati bye-election.”

She observed that the action of the Karnataka Governor action will have a rippling effect across the country.

Ampareen further said that the decision of Governor is against the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission on the role of the Governor on the formation of Government.

According to her, the Commission had clearly stated that the Chief Minister should be chosen from a pre-poll alliance.

“If such pre-poll alliance does not exist then the Chief Minister should be called from the single largest party which has the support of other regional parties and independent members who have been elected,” the senior Congress legislator stated while referring to the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission.

“The question here who has empowered the Governor to overlook all of these indicators that have led this democracy of India forward in so many years,” she said.

Ampareen said that the party is happy that the Supreme Court today has ordered for a floor tomorrow at 4 pm. The senior Congress legislator said that it is sad that the party has to approach the court to seek redressal due to this illegal move of the BJP.

Meanwhile, MPCC president, Dr Celestine Lyngdoh said that they were compelled to hold this protest due to the style of functioning of the BJP Government.

“It looks like that the BJP does want to have any kind of opposition. Voices of dissent should be allowed and it should not be suppressed by bulldozing without listening,” Lyngdoh said.

He said that the decision of the Governor in Karnataka is not acceptable to the party since it is illegal. He said that the attempt of BJP to poach on MLAs from other parties in Karnatka by unfair means is uncalled for. The MPCC president is even trying to twist the anti-defection law just to serve its political interest.

He informed that the Congress will submit the memorandum to the Meghalaya Governor once the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Dr Mukul Sangma arrived in Shillong.

The memorandum of the Congress to be submitted to the Meghalaya Governor stated that the Governor of Karnataka has colluded with the BJP to subvert the democracy in Karnataka by inviting the BJP leaders to take oath of office & secrecy, whereas the Congress -Janata Dal (Secular) combined had submitted the list of MLAs which is more than the required number to form the government.

The Congress in the memorandum pointed out that the most recent examples are that of Goa (March 2017), Manipur (March 2017) and Meghalaya (March 2018), wherein Congress party emerged as the single largest party, yet BJP and post-poll coalition partners were invited to form the government  on the principle that they had clear majority.

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