RJD to meet Bihar governor on Friday, stake claim to form govt

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

After the BJP was invited by the Karnataka governor to form the government because it was "the single largest party", despite the fact that the Congress and JD (S) had submitted a list of 117 MLAs that supported the post-poll coalition's claim, the Goa state unit of the Congress has announced that it plans to meet with the state governor to stake claim to the government. "We have asked the governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka, invite RJD, the single largest party in Bihar, to form the government", Yadav said adding he would be meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhawan at 1:00 pm on Friday.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited Yeddyurappa to take oath and granted 15 days to prove majority considering the BJP as the single largest party in the state.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly, secured 104 seats in the 224-member House, just short of majority.

"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".

The BJP had a year ago cobbled up a post-poll alliance with regional parties such as the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party besides bringing in independents to form the government in the 40-member assembly.

In a tweet, questioning as to how there can be different yardsticks for different states, the Congress has said the the BJP government must resign in Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya and Bihar as there "cannot be two different laws for two situations".

"We would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka". "The numbers will have to be proven on the floor of the House and we have that with us", Goa Congress leader said. "If we aren't united today then it was Bihar yesterday, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow", he added.

The alliance, however, did not last long as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dumped the grand secular alliance and formed a government with the BJP in July 2017 on grounds that his Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav's name had figured in the FIR registered by CBI in connection with the Benami land deals.

It seems the BJP's argument to justify its government in Karnataka has triggered a domino effect in other states too.

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. "We have 16 legislators with us and with that strength we are the single largest party in the (Goa) Assembly. We should get the opportunity now", said Singh. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and independents won three seats each, whereas the Nationalist Congress Party picked up one.

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

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