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

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also asked the Bihar governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the assembly and invite his party to form a government in the state. "I am meeting the Governor at 1 PM tomorrow to demand immediate dissolution of the NDA government led by Nitish Kumar as per the example set in Karnataka", said Tejashwi to reporters.

With the Karnataka Governor inviting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest party to emerge in the recently-concluded state elections, to form the new government, opposition parties in Bihar, Goa, Meghalaya, and Manipur are now demanding dissolution of BJP governments in their respective states saying if the "single largest party" rule applies to form a government in Karnataka then it should be applied to other states as well.

Similar claims are also being made by Congress leaders in Goa where Congress with 21 out of 40 seats was the single largest party in the last state elections.

The BJP had a year ago cobbled up a post-poll alliance with regional parties such as the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party besides bringing in independents to form the government in the 40-member assembly. "So we now appeal to the governor to invite us to form government", said Yatish Naik of the Congress.

"Our basic grouse is that two governors of two states can not take different stands".

The BJP had won 13 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections, compared with 17 of the Congress'.

"The formation of government in Karnataka is undemocratic and to protest this murder of democracy we have chose to launch a day-long protest in Patna. We will definitely rush to the Raj Bhawan on Friday and stake claim to form government", said Okram Ibobi Singh, former chief minister of Manipur, in an exclusive conversation with Times Now.

The Congress will give Sinha a letter containing signatures of 16 party MLAs, reported news agency PTI. JD (U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53.

"How will BJP prove majority? Why double standard? Request Her Excellency to follow big brother of Karnataka and invite Congress to rectify wrong", tweeted Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar.

Sources in the Kerala BJP unit, closely associated with electioneering, said the Yeddyurappa factor was critical to their consolidation in Karnataka. 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 should get the opportunity now", said Singh. Congress has 27 MLAs in Bihar.

Kavlekar said that in the absence of the chief minister in the state for the last two months, there is no governance in place.

The Congress and Janata Dal (S) together showed a strength of 117 legislators with the support of one MLA from the Bahujan Samaj Party and one independent, crossing the half-way mark.