Now, RJD to stake claim to form govt in Bihar

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

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.

Declaring that he will parade his party's MLA before the Governor of Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that Bihar Governor should follow the precedent of his Karnataka counterpart and dissolve the Nitish Kumar government.

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.

The Congress has raised the Goa, Manipur instances where it was not asked to form the government despite emerging as the single largest party. "I will meet the Governor along with our MLAs as we are the single largest party in Bihar", tweeted Tejashwi Yadav, who is also the Opposition leader in the Bihar Assembly.

Yadav was taking a cue from the Congress which today made a decision to stake claim to form government in Goa where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls held a year ago.

In Meghalaya, Congress was the largest party with 21 seats, followed by National People's Party (NPP) with 19 seats in the assembly polls held in 2017.

The Congress also said it will ask the governor in Goa to invite it to form governments in the state and that it had the "strength", speaking after the BJP came to power in Karnataka despite not having the majority in the assembly.

RJD's take on the issue was that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar violated the mandate by leaving the grand secular alliance and "forming an undemocratic government with BJP" which was defeated during 2015 state assembly elections.

The governor will meet a delegation of 16 Congress MLAs at 12 noon Friday to hear out their memorandum of demands. But the governor did not invite the latter to form the government. "We are yet to hear from the governor's office though", Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told ThePrint.

Chodankar said his party was confident of getting the majority without poaching upon the BJP camp.

When pointed out that the Congress needs support of at least 21 legislators to stake claim in Goa, 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. The Congress is frustrated because the party is being wiped out in India. "We should get the opportunity now", said Singh.

Back in Karnataka which prompted these moves, Congress and JD (S) had collected their MLAs at Eagleton Resort to keep their flock together. "The crisis of one state can not also be compared to that of another", said deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi of BJP.

The Goa Congress said by the same count, it should be given power in the state.

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