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Karnataka effect: Now Goa Congress stakes claim to form govt

Karnataka effect: Now Goa Congress stakes claim to form govt

He said the MLAs would demand that the JD (S)-BJP government be dissolved and the RJD invited to form the government. "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.

The BJP won 13 seats in 2017, compared with 17 of the Congress. "Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in U.S. for last two months for medical treatment, is not able to lead the State", he said.

In Patna, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said his party would request the Bihar governor to invite the largest party, the RJD, to form the next government after dismissing the Nitish Kumar government. If necessary Congress can parade its MLAs also at Governor house.

"The governments in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya should resign and the single-largest parties in these states be invited to form the respective governments and prove their majority".

Yadav also said that he will be meeting the Bihar governor at 1 PM tomorrow. He, however, came with a unusual answer when his attention was drawn towards Goa where the Congress had not been invited to form the government despite emerging as the single-largest party after the elections in 2017. "So we will meet her and tell her that", Chodankar added. The BJP joined hands with regional parties to claim support of majority of MLAs and Governor Najma Heptulla invited it to form the government, ignoring the claim of the Congress. Congress, which has 16 MLAs in the 40-member State Assembly, has sought seven days from the Governor to prove its majority.

In the Assembly elections held in March a year ago, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats.

Responding on the prevailing political conditions in Karnataka where BJP formed government despite not having required numbers, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi's son Tejashwi Yadav has come down heavily on Saffron party.

The BJP on Thursday came up with a logic to justify its post-poll alliance with the Nitish Kumar-led JDU to become part of the government nearly 20 months after being decimated in the 2015 Assembly elections of Bihar. The Governor should have invited us to form the government.

"We have 16 legislators with us and with that strength, we are the single largest party in the (Goa) Assembly". In the March 2017 elections, Congress with 28 members had emerged as the single-largest party in the 60-member Assembly leaving behind BJP on the second spot with 21 MLAs.

Meanwhile, Congress has issued a notice to all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and party workers to organise state-wide protests at state capital and district headquarters against the Karnataka Governor's decision to invite BJP to form government in the state.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, addressing a press conference in New Delhi, cited "precedents" to emphasise that the post poll coalition of his party and JD (S) must be given the opportunity to take over the reins of power in Karnataka.

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