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Invite us to form government in Goa, Congress tells Governor Mridula Sinha

Invite us to form government in Goa, Congress tells Governor Mridula Sinha

Yadav said the BJP carried out a coup in Bihar a year ago to dislodge the grand alliance government and the governor wrongfully invited the BJP-JD (U) combine to form the government ignoring the claims of the RJD despite its status as a single largest party. "We have asked the governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka, invite RJD, the single largest party in Bihar, to form the government", Yadav said adding he would be meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhawan at 1:00 pm on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Congress announced that it will stake claim to form the government in Goa since the party too had emerged as the single largest party during the Goa Assembly polls in 2017.

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.

Congress once again was the single largest party with 21 seats in Meghalaya but National People's Party (NPP) led by Conrad Sangma was able to form the new government with the help of other smaller parties even though it had scored victories on only 19 seats, two less than the Congress.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD had emerged as the single largest party in the 2015 Bihar assembly polls with 80 seats as against JDU's 70 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. Why two critieria for two states?

Though the RJD-JD (U) "mahagathbandhan" won the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, the alliance broke in 2017 with Nitish Kumar's JD (U) aligning with the BJP to form the government.

"We would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka".

The governor will meet a delegation of 16 Congress MLAs at 12 noon Friday to hear out their memorandum of demands. JD (U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53. However, BJP clobbered up the support of 11 MLAs to add to its tally of 21 to form the government. Then why should we not be called to form government in Bihar? The aim of the Congress is to clearly drain the BJP of the vital mileage it gained, with the Centre's tacit support, by exposing the "double standards' played out in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya. It's dictatorship by BJP", he said addressing a press conference.

Karnataka's impact may spill over to at least four more states now, with the Congress and other opposition parties demanding that as single largest party, they be given a shot at power. He went on to form the government with the BJP. At the same time, Congress-JD (S) found new supporters as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reached out to JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and offered shelter to Congress, JD (S) MLAs in Vishakhapatnam or Vijayawada.


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