In Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) leaders hold protest against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in

As BJP's BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Congress on Thursday hold protest outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

Several senior Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjuna Kharge, party's General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal, sat at the foot of the Mahatma Gandhi statue outside Karnataka Assembly staging the protest. The newly elected Congress legislators, who are staying at a resort on the city outskirts, also joined the protest.

Janata Dal (Secular) legislators and leaders will also be joining the agitation soon, party sources said.

Speaking to reporters, Siddaramaiah termed as "unprecedented" Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to grant 15 days time to Yeddyurappa for proving majority in the assembly.

He said Yeddyurappa would now have to furnish the list of MLA's supporting him immediately.

Earlier on Thursday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi called it a 'defeat of democracy'. "The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy," Gandhi tweeted.

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