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BJP subverting democracy in Karnataka, SC order poses more questions than answers: Cong

BJP subverting democracy in Karnataka, SC order poses more questions than answers: Cong

New Delhi, July 18 (UNI) With the political slugfest continuing in Karnataka assembly over trust vote, Congress on Thursday alleged that the BJP is playing a conspiracy to subvert democracy and said the decision of the Supreme Court has created more questions than it has answered.

Addressing mediapersons at AICC headquarters, Congress Communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BS Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders are undermining constitutional conventions, the sanctity of the assembly, the parliamentary functioning and insulting the Constitution to topple the elected government in Karnataka.

"A day-to-day effort is being made to buy the Congress-JDS government MLAs by money and power", he said.

Referring to the apex court ruling on Wednesday, that said the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly is free to decide on the resignation of the Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs and that they cannot be compelled to participate in the Assembly proceedings and had left the decision with them, Mr Surjewala said "many questions were emerging".

"Can there be a confidence motion in compliance with the established Parliamentary procedure and Constitutional norms in absence of Schedule X of the Constitution of India", the Congress spokesperson asked.

He also said that the decision of the Supreme Court has created more questions than it has answered and put forwarded five issues which the party has concerns with while implementing the court order.

"Can a floor test take place when the whip has been nullified? How can the Congress party or any party enforce its right to issue a whip and implement a whip on an MLA or MP when its right to issue a whip has been nullified", he asked.

Mr Surjewala asked can the Congress be bound by a decision to which it is not a party? and added that the order of Supreme Court directly impacts the authority of Congress Party to issue a whip in exercise of the powers under Schedule X of the Constitution.

"Can a floor test take place when X Schedule has been rendered inoperable? It exists to punish MLAs who betray public mandate and penalty prescribed is disqualification. Without the ability to enforce provisions, can a free and fair vote of confidence take place", he stated.

The Congress spokesperson further asked "have we now allowed exceptions to doctrine of Separation of Powers. This doctrine separates and prohibits judiciary, executive and legislature from interfering with workings of one another? Can judiciary impose its own terms and conditions on a floor test".

"Did the Supreme Court consider the context and history of these deliberate and designed defections while passing its order: This isn’t the first time that the BJP has used money and muscle power to subvert the public mandate", the Congress leader said.

He alleged that after Goa, Manipur, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka is the latest in a series of states that have fallen victim to the BJP’s self-serving philosophy.

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