K’taka effect: RJD, Congress stakes claim to form govt in Bihar and Goa

K’taka effect: RJD, Congress stakes claim to form govt in Bihar and Goa

K’taka effect: RJD, Congress stakes claim to form govt in Bihar and Goa

In Goa, 13 Congress MLAs at the Raj Bhavan hand over a memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha saying Congress is the single largest party in the state.

K’taka effect: RJD, Congress stakes claim to form govt in Bihar and Goa

Congress and CPI(ML) hand over letters to Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik stating that RJD is the single largest party hence should be invited to form Government.

In Goa, 13 Congress MLAs at the Raj Bhavan hand over a memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha saying Congress is the single largest party in the state.

Yesterday, the Congress had decided to stake claim to form the government in the state. The Goa Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar had said the party would stake the claim by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all 16 party MLAs.

In the Goa Assembly elections held in March 2017, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats.

The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with the 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 precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart and invite the single-largest party to form the government “correcting her mistake of March 12, 2017”.

He was referring to the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the single-largest party BJP to form the government after the Karnataka Assembly election results declared on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi said yesterday the party would hold a 1-day dharna today against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. “We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single-largest party to form the government, which in Bihar is the RJD.”

The BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party with 104 seats in the 222-member Karnataka Assembly, was invited by the Governor despite the JD(S)-Congress combine staking a claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs.

The majority mark is 112 seats.