Karnataka effect: 'Single-largest' parties Congress, RJD want Goa, Bihar

Karnataka effect: 'Single-largest' parties Congress, RJD want Goa, Bihar

In the meet, Congress will be insisting the Governor in Goa to allow them to form the government as they had emerged as the largest party in the 2017 polls.

As the Congress readies itself to stake its claim to form government in Goa, former deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav said that he will meet the Governor of Bihar, along with MLAs, as his party is the single largest party in Bihar. However, the government invited BJP's Yeddyurappa and asked him to prove majority on the floor of the house. The Congress will give Sinha a letter containing signatures of 16 party MLAs, reported news agency PTI. The new found alliance partners said that in Goa the single largest party was not invited to form the government.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 222-member Karnataka Assembly (elections to two seats will be held at the end of the month), was invited by the governor despite the JD (S)-Congress combine staking claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs. "When the JD-S and Congress have a majority, we weren't invited by the Governor to form the government", Kumaraswamy said.

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. The majority mark is 112 seats.

The BJP which was not the single largest party in Goa forged an alliance with the MGP and formed the government. "Why double standard? Request Her Excellency to follow big brother of Karnataka and invite Congress to rectify wrong", tweeted Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar.

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

The BJP-led government in Goa is headed by Manohar Parrikar, who is now undergoing treatment in the USA for his pancreatic ailment. Knocking the doors of the Supreme Court, Congress demanded a stay on the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Minister of the state.

Soon after, in an apparent show of unity against the events unfolding in Karnataka, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav followed suit, asking governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Bihar assembly and invite RJD on account of it being the single-largest party in the state. Meghalaya elections were held in February 2018. The DMK, a key southern ally of the Congress, termed Vala's invite to the BJP to form a government in the state "hasty" and "unconstitutional" and alleged that it would lead to horse-trading. JD (U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53. "Why (was) RJD was given just twi days time to form the government but BJP was given 15 days time to prove majority?"

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