Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Citing Karnataka, Congress and RJD to Stake Claim in Goa and Bihar

Citing Karnataka, Congress and RJD to Stake Claim in Goa and Bihar

The Congress and the RJD are citing the Karnataka example and are demanding that the Governor invite them to form the government on the basis that they are the single largest party.

Mumbai: With B.S. Yeddyurappa taking oath as Karnataka chief minister Thursday, the Congress has chose to meet Goa governor Mridula Sinha to learn why the same principle of inviting the single largest party can not be followed in her state.

With the Karnataka Governor inviting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest party to emerge in the recently-concluded state elections, to form the new government, opposition parties in Bihar, Goa, Meghalaya, and Manipur are now demanding dissolution of BJP governments in their respective states saying if the "single largest party" rule applies to form a government in Karnataka then it should be applied to other states as well.

"We are the single largest party in the 60-member Manipur Assembly".

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In the Assembly elections held in February a year ago, the Congress had bagged 17 seats, becoming the single largest party in the 40-member House but falling short of the majority figure by four seats. The Lalu Prasad Yadav-led party had emerged as the largest party with 80 MLAs in the Assembly polls. The Governor should have invited us to form the government.

During the 2017 state elections in the state, Congress had bagged 17 seats and BJP 13 of the 40-member Goa assembly. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik will meet Tejashwi at 1 pm on Friday. In July 2017, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar broke the alliance and tied up with the BJP to continue as chief minister. "It's dictatorship by BJP", he said while addressing a press conference. However, BJP clobbered up the support of 11 MLAs to add to its tally of 21 to form the government.

"We will prove our majority on the floor of the House within a day". We were single largest party and had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt. When pointed out that the Congress needs support of at least 21 legislators to stake the claim, he said that once the governor swears in the Congress chief minister, he will be able to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

Now, as the BJP's past action boomerangs on itself and with the Congress going all out to consolidate its shrinking power-holds (the party is in power in Punjab and Puducehrry alone), all eyes are on the Supreme Court's verdict of Friday. "We should get the opportunity now", said Singh. Three Independents also went with the BJP. "Why double standard? Request Her Excellency to follow big brother of Karnataka and invite Congress to rectify wrong", tweeted Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar. At the same time, Congress-JD (S) found new supporters as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reached out to JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and offered shelter to Congress, JD (S) MLAs in Vishakhapatnam or Vijayawada.

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