Karnataka effect: Congress, RJD rush to stake claim in Manipur, Goa, Bihar

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

In a tweet the former Bihar deputy CM said, "I will meet honourable governor of Bihar along with the MLAs as we are the single-largest party in the state".

Mr Yadav told newspersons here that he would meet state governor Satya Pal Malik demanding dissolution of the state assembly and giving his party an opportunity to form an alternative government as it was the single largest party in the state.

Similarly, former Bihar deputy CM and leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal Tejashwi Yadav has said he will meet with Governor Satya Pal Malik and stake claim to form government in the state, now ruled by a Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance. However, the government invited BJP's Yeddyurappa and asked him to prove majority on the floor of the house.

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".

He claimed that organisations like the Election Commission and CBI are being blackmailed into doing the BJP's bidding and questioned how BS Yeddyurappa asked for 7 days to prove a government, but ended up getting 15 days instead.

The Karnataka Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government on the ground that it emerged as the single-largest party is set to have a ripple effect.

The Congress Goa unit will appeal to the state governor, seeking an invitation to form the government, more than one year after the elections.

The BJP which was not the single largest party in Goa forged an alliance with the MGP and formed the government. The majority mark in Karnataka assembly is 112 seats. "While in Karnataka the Governor has invited the single-largest party, in Goa too, the same precedent should be followed", he said. However, he did not specify how the party would muster a majority.

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is being treated in the U.S. for a pancreatic ailment and because of it there is no government in the state, said Kavlekar. Knocking the doors of the Supreme Court, Congress demanded a stay on the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Minister of the state. "The Congress would be able to provide a stable government in Goa", the CLP leader added.

However, Congress has not yet staked their claim to form government in Meghalaya, where it had emerged as the largest party by winning 21 of the 59 seats. JD (U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53. Meanwhile, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Ashok Gehlot has issued an official letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and workers to organise state-wide dharnas tomorrow at state capitals and district head quarters to protest against Karnataka Governor for inviting BJP's B S Yedurappa to form government in Karnataka.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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