Cong cites ‘single largest party’ claim in Goa; RJD does it in Bihar

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru: Congress and JD(S) MLAs and leaders staging dharna in front of Gandhi Statue near Karnataka Vidhan Soudha, May 17, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: Congress and JD(S) MLAs and leaders staging dharna in front of Gandhi Statue near Karnataka Vidhan Soudha, May 17, 2018.
PTI

Following developments in Karnataka, where the Governor invited BJP citing its strength as a single largest party, the Congress on Thursday decided to stake claim to form government in the state where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls held last year.

Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party will stake claim on Friday by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all the 16 party MLAs.

In the Assembly elections held in March last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats. The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each. Three Independents also went with the BJP.

Kavlekar said the Goa Governor should follow the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart and invite the single largest party to form the government “correcting her mistake of March 12, 2017″.

“We have 16 legislators with us and with that strength we are the single largest party in the (Goa) Assembly. The governor should invite us to form the government in Goa as per the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart, said Kavlekar, the Leader of Opposition in the Goa Assembly.

Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said that the governors can’t have two different set of rules.
“While in Karnataka the governor has invited single largest party, in Goa too, the same precedent should be followed, he said.

In Bihar too, similar developments are on cards with RJD leader and former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav reiterating that RJD emerged as a single largest party in Bihar and RJD-Congress is largest pre-poll block.

“We are not only single largest party but single largest block of pre poll alliance in Bihar. Then why should we not be called to form government in Bihar? Tomorrow at 1 PM will meet Bihar Governor,” he tweeted.

(With inputs from PTI)