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Post-poll alliances were preferred by Gov in Goa, Manipur

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Like the election, a number of assembly polls in the last few years threw up a fractured mandate and the BJP invariably emerged as the party which- either leading an alliance or being a junior partner- was given the first opportunity by respective governors to form government.

In states like Goa, and Meghalaya, the won the largest number of seats and also staked claim before the respective to form government but the BJP managed to secure a majority there with post-poll alliances and their leaders were sworn in as chief ministers.

The has cited these precedents to claim that the should invite it and its post-poll ally JD(S) to form the government and not the BJP, the single largest party, as their alliance enjoys the support of the majority of MLAs.

had asserted yesterday that the mandate in is in his party's favour and against the as the latter's tally was reduced from 122 to 78 with outgoing losing from his traditional seat and scraping through from the second seat he had contested. Over 16 ministers also lost.

The BJP, which has won 104 of the 222 assembly seats where elections were held, has also staked claim. On paper, the Congress-JD(S) combine has the support of 116 MLAs with 112 being the majority mark.

In the poll held last year, the Congress had won 28 seats in the 60-member House and the BJP 21. The BJP joined hands with regional parties to claim support of majority of MLAs and invited it to form the government, ignoring the claim of the Congress.

The election, which was held along with Manipur's, also threw up a hung assembly with the Congress winning 17 of the total 40 seats while the BJP bagged 13. Here again the saffron party beat its rival in cobbling up a majority with post-poll allies and its leader was sworn in by Governor as the

In the polls held in February this year, the Congress emerged as the largest party by winning 21 of the 59 seats where election was held. Its regional rival won 19 while the BJP got two seats. Both joined hands and won over other regional parties and independents to secure a majority.

The Congress also staked claim before Governor to form government but he invited the BJP alliance led by after they met him and claimed a majority.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:00 IST