Karnataka effect: After Congress, RJD to stake claim for Bihar

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

The RJD will also hold a one-day dharna across the State in protest of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BJP to form government in the State, Mr. Yadav said in a press conference. "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", Tejashwi Yadav said. Following the results, one of the MLAs, Vishwajit Rane, resigned from the Congress and the Assembly just before the floor test and joined the BJP.

Goa Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party would stake claim on Friday by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all 16 party MLAs. The new found alliance partners said that in Goa the single largest party was not invited to form the government.

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 governor should invite us to form the government in Goa as per the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart", he added. "So, we now appeal to the Governor to invite us to form govt", said Yatish Naik of the Congress party. But it formed the government in alliance with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party and others. Now the Goa Congress MLAs numbering 16 would march to Raj Bhavan on Friday and stake a claim to form the government. Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said that the governors can't have two different set of rules.

Though the RJD-JD (U) "mahagathbandhan" won the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, the alliance broke in 2017 with Nitish Kumar's JD (U) aligning with the BJP to form the government.

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Launching another attack at Karnataka Vajubhai Vala, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala today said, "Vajubhai vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier, yesterday he sacrificed Constitution and democracy for him". "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 the majority.

While there appears to be no threat to the current BJP-led coalition government in Goa, there has been unease among coalition partners over the continued uncertainty over the health of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been away in the USA for treatment since March. Knocking the doors of the Supreme Court, Congress demanded a stay on the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Minister of the state. However, the RJD is still the single largest party with 80 MLAs. Meghalaya elections were held in February 2018.

Of the 222 constituencies where polling was held on 12 May, the BJP won 104, while the Congress won 78 and the JD-S 37 and BSP 1.

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