India Karnataka effect: Congress in Goa, RJD in Bihar say will stake claim to form governments

15:46  17 may  2018
15:46  17 may  2018 Source:   indiatoday.in

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Meanwhile, RJD , which had sought time to meet Governor to stake claim to form government and was asked to meet him at 11 a.m., questioned the rationale of asking Nitish Kumar to take oath at 10 a.m. Honest man does not fear," the RJD leader said .

In yet another twist in the political developments in Bihar , the RJD on Wednesday said that the Governor should invite them to form the government as they the largest party. "We asked for time to meet the Governor. Will stake acclaim as the largest party.

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The Congress unit in Goa has extraordinarily sought an appointment with state Governor Mridula Sinha in order to stake claim to power 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, currently ruled by a Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.

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Their reasoning? The drama in Karnataka, where Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government even though the post-poll alliance of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) claimed to the backing of 117 MLAs, five more than the required number of 112.

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The RJD will stake claim to form the government in Bihar , the party’s chief Lalu Prasad said late on Wednesday, hours after Nitish Kumar resigned as the chief minister. Kumar, whose resignation was accepted by governor Keshari Nath Tripathi

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Congress emerged as the single-largest party in Goa last year but the governor had invited the BJP to form government after it stitched a post-poll alliance with local parties.: Karnataka effect: Congress in Goa, RJD in Bihar say will stake claim to form governments © IndiaToday.in Karnataka effect: Congress in Goa, RJD in Bihar say will stake claim to form governments

In Karnataka, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party and was invited to form the government. This reasoning - that the single-largest party be invited to form government - is now being used by Congress and the RJD to advance their claims in Goa and Bihar respectively.

In Goa, Congress legislature party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party will stake claim tomorrow by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all the 16 party MLAs.

In the Goa election held in March last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday took a jibe at Congress , saying it “could not stake claim to form government ” in Goa , according to a report.

In dramatic developments in Bihar , Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as chief minister, dumping the RJD and Congress to stitch a new alliance with BJP, which quickly announced support to a new government under him.

The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each. Three Independents also went with the BJP.

Kavlekar said the Goa Governor should follow the example set by her Karnataka counterpart and invite the single-largest party to form the government and thus "correct her mistake of March 12, 2017".

Meanwhile, former Tejaswhi Yadav, almost simultaneously, announced that he would do something similar in Bihar.

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."

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Janata Dal United’s Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal United chief Lalu Prasad led 130 MLAs to Raj Bhawan to formally stake claim to form a government in Bihar . With a rare political show of strength that brought legislators of the JD-U and its allies the RJD and

Together the RJD and the Congress have 107 seats, 15 seats less than the magic number. Lalu, post-Nitish's resignation, did tell the media that the party would stake claim to form the next government as a few JD (U) leaders are ready to defect the party.

The RJD had emerged as the single-largest party in the assembly polls held in 2015. It initially formed a government with the Janata Dal United of Nitish Kumar with Tejaswi being the deputy CM.

However, later Nitish broke the alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government. However, despite being the single-largest party at the time when the RJD-JDU alliance broke, the governor did not invite RJD to form the next government.

Similar protests have also expected by the Congress in Manipur and Meghalaya where the party despite emerging as the single largest was not invited to form the government by the respective Governors.

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