Now, RJD to stake claim to form govt in Bihar

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Now, RJD to stake claim to form govt in Bihar

Why double standards? Congress state President Girish Chodankar told reporters.

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

The voices against the BJP's "illegal" way of coming to power in Karnataka were also being raised in several other states, including Bihar and Tamil Nadu. It complained that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha misused her discretion to first invite the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP alliance to form the government while ignoring the Congress's status as the single largest party.

The party claimed the mandate in the 2015 Assembly of Bihar was not for the Grand Alliance of the RJD, JDU and the Congress, but for making Nitish Kumar the chief minister of the state and setting up a corruption-free government and hence the people's mandate remained intact even after the JDU joined hands with the BJP, as Nitish continued to be the chief minister of the state and had been running a corruption-free government.

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Meanwhile, Congress has issued a notice to all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and party workers to organise state-wide protests at state capital and district headquarters against the Karnataka Governor's decision to invite BJP to form government in the state.

However, RJD is the largest party with 80 MLAs. The BJP however countered that by stating that the Congress in Goa never staked a claim. If the government fails to prove majority, the Governor can dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections. The BJP has 104.

Tejashwi added, "There should be one rule for Bihar, Karnataka and all other states".

The Congress won 17 seats in the 40-member Goa assembly and emerged as the largest party in Goa elections in March 2017, falling short of the majority figure by four seats. "Tomorrow at 1pm we will meet Bihar Governor". Former Manipur chief minister and Congress leader Ibobi Singh also said he will seek an appointment with the Governor for staking claim to form agovernment.

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Soon after, in an apparent show of unity against the events unfolding in Karnataka, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav followed suit, asking governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Bihar assembly and invite RJD on account of it being the single-largest party in the state. "We should get the opportunity now", Singh said.

Congress leaders from across the country have criticised Karnataka Governor's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka, after the state gave a fractured verdict on 15 May. It is unclear whether the Raj Bhavan has granted him an appointment yet. In the Assembly elections held in March a year ago, the Congress bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats (see chart). In Goa Assembly 2017 results, the BJP in total won 13 seats, Congress claimed victory on 17 seats, NCP won 1, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and Goa Forward Party won 3 seats each. He, however, refused to name the political party whose support Congress will be seeking.

"Why NPF-led Government was not allowed to be formed in Nagaland then", he further quizzed. Elections were held for all but two of the 224 seats.

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