Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) State President H D Kumaraswamy appealed cooperation of political leaders of various parties to protest against onslaught of democracy and uphold the constitution of the country.
Addressing a press conference before participating in the protest in front of Gandhi statue here on Thursday, Mr Kumaraswamy alleged that “on the one side Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he want to clean the country but in action he is provoking horse trading by his party leaders to capture power in Karnataka.”
“I am writing to opposition leaders of various States, political leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttara Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samajawadi Party (BSP) head Mayawati and others to protest severely and strive to uphold the values of the Constitution,” he added.
Mr Kumaraswamy alleged that according to his information the Modi government was threatening Congress MLA Anand Singh with raid by Enforcement Directorate if he supported Congress in formation of the Government. “Though Anand Singh was elected on Congress ticket, he was threatened not to support that party otherwise face action from ED,” he added.
The JDS State President, who had staked claim to form the government with the unconditional support extended by the Congress, alleged that Governor Vajubhai Vala, by giving 15 days time to Mr Yeddyurappa to prove the majority with in 15 days has paved way for BJP to indulge in horse trading. “What was the necessity to give 15 days time, if they really had majority they could have proved it with in 4 of 5 days. Governor’s action is unprecedented and indirectly encouraging BJP to somehow muster majority,” he added.