Congress stakes claim to form government in Manipur


After BJP's single largest-party formula in Karnataka, Congress in Goa, RJD in Bihar want to stake claim to form government and are knocking on the doors of the Governors in these states. "We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD", RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said.

Chandrakant Kavlekar, chief of Congress legislature party in Goa, said governor Mridula Sinha should follow the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart and invite the single largest party to form the government and "correct her mistake of March 12, 2017".

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 222-member Karnataka Assembly (elections to two seats will be held at the end of the month), was invited by the governor despite the JD (S)-Congress combine staking claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs.

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. In the 2015 Bihar state polls, former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad's RJD emerged as the single largest party. After Goa and Bihar, Congress leaders in Manipur and Meghalaya have now sought time from the respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow.

The BJP, which got 13 seats, formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each.

"The formation of government in Karnataka is undemocratic and to protest this murder of democracy we have made a decision to launch a day-long protest in Patna". We were single largest party and had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt.

In Manipur, former Chief Minister Ibobi Singh is likely to meet the Governor tomorrow.

Karnataka's impact may spill over to at least four more states now, with the Congress and other opposition parties demanding that as single largest party, they be given a shot at power.

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

"We will prove our majority on the floor of the House within a day". Also, for the BJP to see is Siddharamaiah's one-man-centric vote-bank politics - one that the party paid a huge price for.

The Congress now has 16 members in the Goa Assembly as one of its legislators Vishwajeet Rane joined the BJP a year ago. At the same time, Congress-JD (S) found new supporters as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reached out to JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and offered shelter to Congress, JD (S) MLAs in Vishakhapatnam or Vijayawada.