Invite us to form government in Goa, Congress tells Governor Mridula Sinha

Politics       Karnataka fallout Congress to meet Goa governor Friday to protest ‘double standards’
       
       	        Manasi Phadke         17 May 2018

Politics Karnataka fallout Congress to meet Goa governor Friday to protest ‘double standards’ Manasi Phadke 17 May 2018

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BJP, the single-largest party but short of majority to form government in Karnataka had a domino effect on Thursday.

RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday said that he has asked Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the incumbent NDA administration with Nitish Kumar as its Chief Minister and invite the RJD to form the new government since it had the largest seat share in the state in 2015 Assembly polls.

When pointed out that the Congress needs support of at least 21 legislators to stake the claim, 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 might opt for legal options if our plea is not heard", a senior RJD leader said requesting anonymity. Now the Goa Congress MLAs numbering 16 would march to Raj Bhavan on Friday and stake a claim to form the government.

"We're seeking appointment from Guv for tomorrow". The Governor has given 12 noon time for the meeting with the Congress leaders. The Goa Congress has lost the race to the BJP following the elections.

Mounting an attack on BJP, Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a party event in Chhattisgarh's Raipur said: "The Constitution is under severe attack in the country".

With its coalition failing to make any headway ruling Karnataka, despite winning 78 seats, the Congress has opened up a new front in Goa targeting the Manohar Parriakr government which enjoys a slender lead in the Goa Assembly. RJD is the single largest party in Bihar with 80 legislators.

Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said governors can't have two different set of rules.

"We request Her Excellency to follow big brother Karnataka Governor and invite the Congress to form the Goa government to rectify a wrong".

The JD (S) leader said all parties other than BJP should join hands and fight it out together.

While Zeliang did not express intention of following suit the other states in staking claim to form the government, he said that while the NPF, with 26 members, was the single largest party in the recently concluded Assembly Election in Nagaland, it was not accorded the same privilege which the BJP Party led by BS Yeddyurappa was given in Karnataka on account of being the single largest Party.

In another tweet, Yadav said, "I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are single largest party of Bihar".

In the Manipur poll held past year, the Congress had won 28 seats in the 60-member House and the BJP 21.

The political scene is getting murkier with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) staking claim to form the government in Goa and Bihar respectively.

CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury recalled that the BJP government appointed Governors did not invite single largest party in either Goa, Manipur or Meghalaya (Congress-21 out of 60) and said union ministers gave arguments supporting them.

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