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Karnataka effect: RJD, Congress stake claim for governments in Bihar, Goa

IANS  |  Panaji/Patna 

The in and the RJD in on Thursday said they would ask the governors of their states to give them a chance to form the government the same way that BJP was sworn-in in as the of the single largest party.

"If the can invite the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest party, to form the government, why can't the invite the Congress, the single largest party in Goa, to form the government here? Why two criteria for two states? Why double standards? state told reporters.

Chodankar demanded that should follow in the footsteps of her counterpart and invite the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly after the 2017 Assembly elections, to form the government in the coastal state.

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

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

However, after swift political manoeuvering, the BJP staked claim to power with two regional parties and independent MLAs and formed a coalition government after getting the nod from Sinha.

RJD too wanted Governor to invite his party to form the government as the leader of the single largest party in the state Assembly.

"I will meet the Governor along with our MLAs on Friday as we are the single largest party in Bihar," Tejashwi Yadav, who is also the in the Assembly, said.

The (RJD) leader said that if the was invited by the to form the government on the grounds that it was the single largest party, then the RJD also had the right to form the government.

"We will request the to dismiss the and invite the RJD to form the government," he said.

In Karnataka, BJP's was sworn in as by Governor Vala, despite protests from the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular, which formed a post-poll coalition to bid for power.

The combine of the Congress and the JD-S too had staked its claim to forming a government by citing the support of 117 MLAs. The majority mark in the Karnataka assembly is 112 seats. The BJP has 104.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 19:18 IST