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

Congress To Demand The "Karnataka Model" In Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya

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Former deputy chief minister and senior RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav today created a political storm by declaring that he would meet governor tomorrow to demand formation of a new government by his party after BJP formed the government in Karnataka by taking plea of it being the single largest party.

A delegation of Goa Congress leaders led by its legislature party leader Babu Kavlekar will head to Raj Bhavan Friday morning and meet Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form government in the state. Following the results, one of the MLAs, Vishwajit Rane, resigned from the Congress and the Assembly just before the floor test and joined the BJP. The BJP however countered that by stating that the Congress in Goa never staked a claim.

"In 2017, we won 17 seats and were single largest party and continue to be but Governor chose to invite the BJP, which had 13 seats". This is gundagardi of BJP; it will be called as a black day in democracy if BJP is allowed to form the government in Karnataka. In Karnataka, Governor invited BJP as they are the single largest party. "So we now appeal to the governor to invite us to form government", said Yatish Naik of the Congress.

Though the RJD-JD (U) "mahagathbandhan" won the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, the alliance broke in 2017 with Nitish Kumar's JD (U) aligning with the BJP to form the government.

However, they are still short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs and have been given 15 days to prove their majority in the Karnataka assembly. In the process, the Governor overlooked the numbers that the JD (S)-Congress alliance (117) had, compelling them to approach the Supreme Court that refused to set aside Vala's order till next hearing.

However, he did not specify how the party would muster the majority.

"We have 16 legislators with us and with that strength we are the single largest party in the (Goa) Assembly".

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The Congress is giving an "opportunity to the Goa Governor to rectify the mistake which she did last year", Chodankar said.

The BJP-led government in Goa is headed by Manohar Parrikar, who is now undergoing treatment in the United States for his pancreatic ailment.

Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma have also sought appointments with the governors of their states on Friday.

When the BJP staked a claim in Karnataka to form the government, the Congress and JD (S) cited the Goa example.

"The Congress will be able to provide a stable government in Goa", the CLP leader added. Addressing a press conference, he said, "We are not only single largest party but single largest block of pre-poll alliance in Bihar".

Congress leaders from across the country have criticised Karnataka Governor's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka, after the state gave a fractured verdict on 15 May.

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