Tit-For-Tat: Cong, RJD Try To Do A Karnataka In Goa, Bihar

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New Delhi: The results of the Karnataka elections seems to have a nationwide implication. Hours after BJP candidate BS Yeddyuruppa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Congress and RJD attacked the Government on their own claims.

Despite Congress-JD(S) alliance, the Karnataka Governor had invited BJP to form the Government citing it to be the single largest party. Now, the Congress in Goa has sought the adoption the same principal and decided to stake claim in Goa.

The Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly elections held in March last year and bagged 17 seats. It fell short of majority by four seats in the 40-member house. However, the BJP with 14 seats formed the Government in alliance with Goa Forward Party, MGP and the Independents. Now, Chandrakant Kavlekar, Congress Legislature Party Chief has decided to meet the Governor Mridula Sinha and submit a formal letter to stake claim to form the Government with signature of party MLAs.

Similarly, RJD’s Tejaswi Yadav has also asserted that his party would hold a day-long protest against the Karnataka decision and also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the Nitish Kumar JD(U) and BJP alliance and invite RJD, the single largest party to form the Government.

In fact, other states too have cited Karnataka yardstick and claimed to form government as they were the single largest parties.

Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma too have requested the Governor for an appointment to stake claim for forming the Government. “We are seeking appointment from Governor for tomorrow (Friday). We were single largest party and had immediately met Governor after results were announced but we weren’t invited to form the government,” Okram Ibobi was quoted by ANI.

Meanwhile, the Congress-JD(S) has filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court challenging Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to nominate Anglo-Indian MLA to the Karnataka Assembly. The matter will also be heard on Friday along with the previous petitions.

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