Karnataka crisis reaches Lok Sabha as Congress stage protest; says ‘Democracy being killed’

The Indian National Congress (INC) on Friday staged a protest in the Lok Sabha over the political crisis of Karnataka, calling it as ‘Democracy being killed in Karnataka‘. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused Bharatiya Janata Party of toppling down the government in states where opposition parties are in power.

Speaking in the lower house of the parliament, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Independence of Legislature and Democracy is being killed in Karnataka.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla allowed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to raise the Karnataka Issue in the House. However, Lok Sabha Speaker put a restriction saying that he cannot speak about any state assembly or the person who is sitting on any constitutional post.

While earlier in the day, Congress MPs raised slogans in the House to put forward the issue of Karnataka Political Crisis. Following which the Congress Parliamentarians walked into the well of the House. During the protest, Congress got the support of DMK, whose MPs also joined the Congress in the protest.

Over 30 MPs from the Congress, DMK and few other parties jumped into the Well for over 15 minutes. Some of the members displayed placards, saying ‘Save Democracy’ and shouted ‘We want justice’ slogans.

In the meantime, Karnataka Assembly skipped the deadline set by the Governor Vajubhai Vala to the Assembly to prove majority by 1.30 pm on Friday. Following which the Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House till 3 pm.

Adjourning the house, Assembly Speaker said, ‘Governor’s order has to be followed or not, it has to be decided by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy because the letter was sent to him, so he has to decide’.

While earlier on Thursday, adding more drama in the ongoing Karnataka crisis, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators staged a night-long sit-in in the Karnataka Assembly after Congress-JD(S) coalition government dragging its feet on a confidence motion. Demanding floor test, BJP MLAs were seen dining together and sleeping on the green floor of the Assembly.

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