Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Tejashwi to stake claim to form government in Bihar

Tejashwi to stake claim to form government in Bihar

This has come hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav announced that the party has made a decision to meet the Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form the government in the state citing the fact that the Karnataka Governor invited the single largest party in the state to form the government.

Declaring that he will parade his party's MLA before the Governor of Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that Bihar Governor should follow the precedent of his Karnataka counterpart and dissolve the Nitish Kumar government.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said that if the Bharatiya Janata Party was invited by the Karnataka Governor to form the government on grounds that it was the single largest party, then the RJD also had the right to form the government.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly, secured 104 seats in the 224-member House, just short of majority.

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"We had sat on dharna till 2am on July 26 previous year outside the Raj Bhawan waiting for the governor to invite us as we were the single largest party" he said.

In Goa's 2017 assembly election, Congress was the single-largest party with 21 seats in the 40-seat assembly, however, it was the BJP through a post-poll alliance that ended up forming the government, In Bihar, the RJD was the single-largest party with 80 seats in the 243-seat assembly in the 2015 assembly election, but it ended up in the opposition. ANI reported that All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ashok Gehlot issued letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and workers to organise state-wide dharnas at state capitals and district headquarters tomorrow to protest against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yedurappa for making government in Karnataka.

Though the grand alliance- which was formed by RJD, Janata Dal (United) and Congress- constituted the government in 2015, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD (U) broke out of the alliance to join hands with the BJP in 2017.

It seems the BJP's argument to justify its government in Karnataka has triggered a domino effect in other states too.

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The Congress won 78 seats and the JD (S) 37.

The court gave four days to Manohar Parrikar to prove his majority. The governor should invite us to form the government in Goa as per the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart, said Kavlekar, the Leader of Opposition in the Goa Assembly.

"We will prove our majority on the floor of the House within a day. We should get the opportunity now", said Singh.

In Goa, a delegation of Congress leaders is due to meet governor Mridula Sinha on Friday morning.

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Kavlekar said that in the absence of the chief minister in the state for the last two months, there is no governance in place. Also, for the BJP to see is Siddharamaiah's one-man-centric vote-bank politics - one that the party paid a huge price for.

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