Cong leaders protest in Parliament over Karnataka, Goa crisis

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with party MPs stage a protest against Karnataka and Goa issue, infront of Mahatma Gandhi statue, in Parliament complex, New Delhi, on Thursday. Photo: PTI

Congress MPs held a protest against the ruling BJP in Parliament on Thursday (July 11) over the political crisis which has hit the party in Karnataka and Goa.

A number of top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma, protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex and shouted slogans. They also carried placards with messages like “Save Democracy”.

The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka is in a turmoil after several MLAs, mostly of the Congress, resigned from the Assembly, threatening the stability of the ruling dispensation. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed that the Karnataka government has been reduced to a minority and has demanded Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation.

In Goa, the Congress suffered a serious setback on Wednesday as 10 of its 15 MLAs quit the party and joined the BJP. The Congress leadership has blamed the saffron party for the desertions from its ranks in both the states.