Karnataka effect: 'Single-largest' parties Congress, RJD want Goa, Bihar

  • Karnataka effect: 'Single-largest' parties Congress, RJD want Goa, Bihar

Karnataka effect: 'Single-largest' parties Congress, RJD want Goa, Bihar

Amid drama over Karnataka government formation, the Congress party and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have planned to embarrass the Governors of Goa and Bihar states respectively by asking them to let the grand old party form the government, citing the example of what happened in Karnataka.

"Party has decided that we'll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt", Tejaswi Yadav told the reporters.

"The Congress is also preparing to demand the "Karnataka model" in neigbouring Goa, where it couldn't form a government previous year despite emerging as the single largest party". Single largest party gets invited to form government in Karnataka but not in Bihar.

Hours after BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on the basis of the BJP being the single largest party in the state, in neighbouring Goa, Congress jumped to apply the same logic.

Yadav was taking a cue from the Congress which today made a decision to stake claim to form government in Goa where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls held a year ago. However, the coalition broke up in 2017, and the BJP with 53 seats supported the JD (U) to form a new government. Along with one independent MLA, the BJP has staked the claim at forming the government.

In Goa, Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party will stake claim tomorrow by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all the 16 party MLAs. The saffron party, with 21 seats, joined hands with National People's Party (four seats), Naga People's Front (four seats) and the Lok Janshakti Party (one seat) to form the first BJP government in the state.

He was referring to the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form the government after the Assembly election results declared on 15 May. "[Party President] Amit Shah has only one formula - horse trading, or using central agencies against MLAs of other parties", Yadav said. "If we are not united today, then just as it was Bihar yesterday and Karnataka today, it could be Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan tomorrow". Governor Mridula Sinha invited the BJP and its allies after they showed a combined strength that was more than the half-way mark. "When the JD-S and Congress have a majority, we weren't invited by the Governor to form the government", Kumaraswamy said.

The Goa Congress said by the same count, it should be given power in the state.

While the Congress-JD-S alliance had the support of more than 112 MLAs, the BJP had only 104 MLAs, eight short of the required numbers to form the government. Kavlekar said in the absence of the chief minister, there was no proper government in the state.