Karnataka fallout: Congress in Goa & Manipur, RJD in Bihar meet Governors to stake claim to form govt

In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the Congress party emerged as the single-largest party with 17 of the 40 seats. Following the results, one of the MLAs, Vishwajit Rane, resigned from the Congress Party and the Assembly just before the floor test and joined the BJP.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2018 3:02:33 pm
Karnataka election fallout: Goa Congress MLAs meet Governor Mridula Sinha Goa Congress MLAs with Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhawan on Friday. (Source: INCGoa)

Goa Congress MLAs on Friday met Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to form the government on the ground that they had emerged as the largest party in the 2017 assembly election. In a tweet, the Goa Congress said, “@INCGoa MLAs call upon HE Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to form the government on Goa.”

The move, widely seen as symbolic, comes after Karnataka Governor invited BJP to stake the claim in the assembly after they emerged as the largest party in the assembly elections.

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In protest against the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form the government despite falling short of the required numbers, the Congress and the JD(S) have been demanding they be called to form the government, on the lines of Karnataka governor’s decision, in the state as it had emerged as the largest party in the 2017 assembly election.

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“Yes, we have an appointment with the Governor tomorrow morning. We will be going to meet her and stake claim to form the government,” Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told IndianExpress.com, questioning how in Karnataka the same could be allowed. “How can they have different yardsticks? If they have allowed the single-largest party to come to power in Karnataka, then they should allow that here as well. So we will meet her and tell her that,” Chodankar added.

In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the Congress party emerged as the single-largest party with 17 of the 40 seats. Following the results, one of the MLAs, Vishwajit Rane, resigned from the Congress Party and the Assembly just before the floor test and joined the BJP. The BJP had won 13 of the 40 seats.

Goa Congress Legislature Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar moved the Supreme Court on March 13, 2017, challenging the Governor’s decision to invite Parrikar to form the government. A Bench of the then Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R K Agrawal, while rejecting the Congress’s objection, ordered a floor test, saying that the “instant sensitive and contentious issue… can be resolved by a simple direction, requiring the holding of a floor test at the earliest”.

RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav claims govt in Bihar

Tejashwi Yadav with the Bihar Governor, as he hands over a memorandum to stake the claim of government in the assembly. (Source: Twitter/Tejashwi Yadav)

Meanwhile, in Bihar RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav also said that they will prove the majority to the Governor and stake claim in the assembly. The former Deputy CM of Bihar said, “We are going to prove our majority to the Governor. We stake claim to form the government. We have the support of many parties and MLAs of those parties are with us. Let’s see what happens.”

In Bihar, the JD(U)-BJP alliance together with other allies have 131 seats in 243 Assembly. However, the RJD is still the single largest party with 80 MLAs. “We would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. 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 after the midnight drama in Karnataka.

Manipur Congress meets Governor, stakes claim to form govt

Former Manipur Chief Minister and CLP leader Okram Ibobi Singh on Friday met Manipur Acting Governor Jagdish Mukhi to stake claim to form the government in the state. After meeting with the Governor, Singh said, “Let us wait till 4 pm tomorrow. What is the outcome on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly? The Manipur Governor Jagdish Mukhi said that he will look into the matter. I hope he will do justice.”

Singh had sought an appointment with the Manipur Governor on Friday to demand the dissolution of the present government based on the developments that have taken place in Karnataka. Speaking to The Indian Express, Singh said the Governor should dissolve the present coalition government in Manipur and invite the Congress, which was the single largest party in the 2017 assembly election.

While the Manipur Congress won 28 of the 60 assembly seats in the state, the BJP had won 21. The BJP had later formed the government with the support of four MLAs from the Naga People’s Front, four MLAs from Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party, an independent candidate, an MLA from the TMC and an MLA from LJP.

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