BJP celebrates 'hollow victory', India mourn 'defeat of democracy': Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP over its "irrational insistence" to form government in Karnataka despite "not having the numbers" and said that while the saffron party will celebrate its "hollow victory", India will mourn the "defeat of democracy".

In his first public comment over the dramatic developments that took place in the state after the Assembly election there threw up a hung verdict, Rahul tweeted, "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.

"While the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy."

BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court which refused to stay his swearing-in.

Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly.

(Agencies)