Karnataka effect: Congress says will stake claim to form governments in 3 states

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Karnataka effect: Congress says will stake claim to form governments in 3 states

Congress emerged as the single-largest party in Goa, Meghalaya and Manipur last year but the governors had invited the BJP to form government after it stitched a post-poll alliance with local parties.

The Congress unit in Goa has extraordinarily sought an appointment with state Governor Mridula Sinha in order to stake claim to power in the state.Similarly, former Bihar deputy CM and leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal Tejashwi Yadav has said he will meet with Governor Satya Pal Malik and stake claim to form government in the state, currently ruled by a Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.

Their reasoning? The drama in Karnataka, where Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government even though the post-poll alliance of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) claimed to the backing of 117 MLAs, five more than the required number of 112.

In Karnataka, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party and was invited to form the government. This reasoning - that the single-largest party be invited to form government - is now being used by Congress and the RJD to advance their claims in Goa and Bihar respectively.

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.

In the Goa election 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 example set by her Karnataka counterpart and invite the single-largest party to form the government and thus "correct her mistake of March 12, 2017".

The Northeast has also seen the BJP wresting power with a fewer number of seats.

In Meghalaya too the assembly elections held in February 2018 saw the Congress come out as the single-largest party with 21 seats. However, Governor Ganga Prasad invited Conrad Sangma, leader of the National People's Party-led alliance, with 34 MLAs to form the government. Elections were held to elect 60 members to the legislative assembly.

In the Manipur assembly election held in March 2017, the Congress managed to be the single-largest party with 28 seats in 60-member assembly. However, BJP clobbered up the support of 11 MLAs to add to its tally of 21 to form the government.

Meanwhile, former Tejaswhi Yadav, almost simultaneously, announced that he would do something similar in Bihar.

In a tweet the former Bihar deputy CM said, "I will meet honourable governor of Bihar along with the MLAs as we are the single-largest party in the state."

The RJD had emerged as the single-largest party in the assembly polls held in 2015. It initially formed a government with the Janata Dal (United) of Nitish Kumar with Tejaswi being the deputy CM.

However, later Nitish broke the alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government. However, despite being the single-largest party at the time when the RJD-JD (U) alliance broke, the Governor did not invite RJD to form the next government.

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