Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Karnataka effect: After Congress, RJD to stake claim for Bihar

Karnataka effect: After Congress, RJD to stake claim for Bihar

After Congress' decision to stake claim to form a government in Goa, where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls held a year ago, the Rashtriya Janata Dal chose to a take a leaf out of this strategy and meet the governor of Bihar.

"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. Both Congress in Goa and RJD in Bihar, which is the single largest party in their respective states, have made a decision to approach the state Governors and stake claim for government formation.

Like in Goa, the RJD will attempt to use the "largest party" claim to expose fissures in the JD (U)-BJP government, particularly over communal incidents in recent months. "We are not only the single-largest party but also the single-largest block of pre-poll alliance in Bihar". Now the Goa Congress MLAs numbering 16 would march to Raj Bhavan on Friday and stake a claim to form the government.

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. Three Independents also went with the BJP. The Congress will give Sinha a letter containing signatures of 16 party MLAs, reported news agency PTI.

The BJP which was not the single largest party in Goa forged an alliance with the MGP and formed the government.

Just a few hours after BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, the ripples of political upheaval were felt across the nation. Amit Shah and other BJP leaders work on horse trading or they threaten MLAs with ED, income tax raids.

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"It's all BJP's greed to form the government".

He claimed that organisations like the Election Commission and CBI are being blackmailed into doing the BJP's bidding and questioned how BS Yeddyurappa asked for 7 days to prove a government, but ended up getting 15 days instead. "If we aren't united today then it was Bihar yesterday, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow".

Mr. Yadav raised the issue of BJP being given 15 days to prove the majority and asked how would party reach the magic figure. The majority mark in Karnataka assembly is 112 seats.

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

A combine of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) too had staked its claim for forming a government by citing the support of 117 MLAs. Kavlekar said in the absence of the chief minister, there was no proper government in the state.

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