Crisis spreads to north-east, Congress seeks to form govts in Manipur, Meghalaya

Evarado Alatorre
May 17, 2018

It may just be an attempt to publicise their opposition to the BJP forming a government in Karnataka without having the requisite numbers, but the RJD in Bihar and Congress in Goa demanded on Thursday that they be invited to form the governments in these states as they were the single largest party.

"I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are single largest party of Bihar", Tejashwi Yadav said. "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", Yadav said. "The governor should invite us to form the government in Goa as per the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart", he added. The new found alliance partners said that in Goa the single largest party was not invited to form the government.

Both the BJP, which fell short of the majority but emerged as the single largest party in a hung House and the Congress, which stitched a post-poll alliance with the JD-S, had staked claims to form the government in the southern state.

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. The development came a day after the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP's Yeddyurappa to form government in the state. Three Independents also went with the BJP.

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

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Citing the Yeddyurappa example, Meghalaya Congress was also mulling to stake claim to form the government being the single largest party in the state. As a result, Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Karnataka chief minister Thursday morning amid protests by JD (S) and Congress leaders at Raj Bhawan. Amit Shah and other BJP leaders work on horse trading or they threaten MLAs with ED, income tax raids. "The BJP will reach the magic figure in 15 days? Then why should we not be called to form a government in Bihar?", he said in another tweet. Governor Mridula Sinha invited the BJP and its allies after they showed a combined strength that was more than the half-way mark.

The Constitution is under "severe attack" and an atmosphere of fear prevailed in the country, Congress president said, likening the situation to Pakistan and some African countries under "dictatorship".

The RJD fought the elections in alliance with Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) and the Congress, emerging as the single largest party.

Kavlekar said that in absence of the Chief Minister in the state for last two months, there is no government in place.

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