Bharatiaya Janata Party is observing black day on Wednesday in protest against the JD(S)-Congress taking over the reigns of the state post the May 12 assembly elections and the resignation of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa even as Chief Minister designate H D Kumaraswamy’ offered prayers to Goddess Chamundari atop Chamundi Hills in Mysuru before taking over the reins in the afternoon.
The BJP workers, led by its State President B S Yeddyurappa, wearing black badges, staged protest in from Mahatma Gandhi statue in the City protesting against Mr Kumaraswamy swearing in.
BJP workers are protesting through out the State by holding rallies and protest marches. The agitators raised slogans terming Congress-JDS alliance as ‘unholy’ and opportunistic politics played by the leaders despite the people gave mandate to BJP.
BJP State President B S Yeddyurappa, who took oath of office and secrecy as Chief Minister on May 17, stepped down after three days in office even before facing the floor test on the floor of the Assembly after the Supreme Court asked him prove his majority within a day as his party lacked the magic number to form the government. Later the Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Mr Kumaraswamy to form the government and prove his majority in the House within fifteen days of assuming.
Talking to scribes in Mysuru, Mr Kumaraswamy declined to comment on BJP protest saying that “it is culture of BJP to oppose any move taken up to protect the interests of the People of the State. I dont want to say anything more.”
Meanwhile, National political leaders have started arriving in the since last evening and the list included West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former UP Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati, former UP Chief Minister Akilesh Yadav, Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K C Chandrasekhar Rao, who arrived yesterday called on JDS National President and former Prime Minister H D Devegowda at his residence and greeted Mr Kumaraswamy.
UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi and AICC President Rahul Gandhi are expected to arrive by special flight in the afternoon and drive straight to the venue of the ceremony directly.
Mr Gandhi is expected to meet and greet newly elected Congress legislators.
Police have beefed up security in and around the venue Vidhana Soudha and government offices functioning in the vicinity have been declared half day holiday as part of security measure.