BJP's Karnataka plan fires Opposition imagination in Bihar Meghalaya, Manipur and Goa

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

"If BJP considers it correct to form a government in Karnataka by virtue of being the single largest party in the state, it should consider its decision wrong not to give an opportunity to RJD to form next government in Bihar following resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar past year as it was the single largest party in the state", Mr Yadav, also leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly argued.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said at a press conference that party MLAs would meet Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik at 1 pm on Friday, ANI reported. "We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka, invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD", the tweet read. Single largest party gets invited to form government in Karnataka but not in Bihar.

Kavlekar said the Goa Governor should follow the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart and invite the single-largest party to form the government "correcting her mistake of March 12, 2017".

In Goa's 2017 assembly election, Congress was the single-largest party with 21 seats in the 40-seat assembly, however, it was the BJP through a post-poll alliance that ended up forming the government, In Bihar, the RJD was the single-largest party with 80 seats in the 243-seat assembly in the 2015 assembly election, but it ended up in the opposition.

Kavlekar was referring to the Governor Vala's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the next government after assembly election results on Tuesday saw the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 222-member Karnataka Assembly.

The voices against the BJP's "illegal" way of coming to power in Karnataka were also being raised in several other states, including Bihar and Tamil Nadu. Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said in a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha.

"We are not only a single largest party but a single largest block of pre-poll alliance in Bihar. Why did the BJP come in through back door to form government with JD (U) in Bihar?" he asked.

Mr. Yadav raised the issue of BJP being given 15 days to prove the majority and asked how would party reach the magic figure.

"How will the BJP prove majority [in Karnataka]?" Amit Shah and other BJP leaders work on horse trading or they threaten MLAs with ED, income tax raids.

Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders also staged a protest against Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as the Karnataka chief minister, terming it unconstitutional.

The RJD fought the elections in alliance with Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) and the Congress, emerging as the single largest party.

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.

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