Congress, RJD to stake claim in Goa and Bihar: Will they succeed?

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at the party’s headquarters after Karnataka assembly election results in New Delhi

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". Both Congress in Goa and RJD in Bihar, which is the single largest party in their respective states, have chose to approach the state Governors and stake claim for government formation.

Taking lead from the Congress, former Bihar deputy CM and leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav to declare that he would also stake a claim to form a new government in Bihar, as his Rashtriya Janata Dal, too, is the single largest party in the state which is now ruled by a Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance. 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. Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said in a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha.

"While in Karnataka the governor has invited single largest party, in Goa too, the same precedent should be followed, he said". "Like in Karnataka the governor should invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD. So, we now appeal to the Governor to invite us to form govt", said Yatish Naik of the Congress party. The Congress party on Thursday announced that it will stake claim to form the government in the state.

However, they are still short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs and have been given 15 days to prove their majority in the Karnataka assembly.

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Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said the governors cannot have two different sets of rules. The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), which had won three seats each.

However, he did not specify how the party would muster the majority.

The Congress is giving an "opportunity to the Goa Governor to rectify the mistake which she did last year", Chodankar said.

After Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state, a move which was slammed by the Congress, as they alleged that the JD (S)-Congress alliance had majority with 116 MLAs in the 222 member House.

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Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is being treated in the USA for a pancreatic ailment and because of it there is no government in the state, said Kavlekar.

According to the sources, Goa Congress in-charge Chella Kumar, along with other party leaders will leave for Goa on Thursday.

In the 243-seat Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 80 seats, the JD (U) 71 and the Congress 27. This has come 15 months after the Goa Assembly Elections 2018.

The court gave four days to Manohar Parrikar to prove his majority. The BJP had won 13 of the 40 seats.

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