Karnataka effect: Now Goa Congress stakes claim to form govt

Newly elected Congress and JDS legislators stage protest

Seeking adoption of the Karnataka example in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, the former deputy CM of the state said the party would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow against the "murder of democracy in Karnataka". In the meet, Congress will be insisting the Governor in Goa to allow them to form the government as they had emerged as the largest party in the 2017 polls.

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, now ruled by a Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance. Following the results, one of the MLAs, Vishwajit Rane, resigned from the Congress and the Assembly just before the floor test and joined the BJP.

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 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the Congress emerged as the single-largest party bagging 17 of the 40 seats. While the Congress and JDS entered into a post-poll alliance claiming to have the required numbers, Governor Valabhai Vala invited BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form government and administered him the oath of office this morning.

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All 16 Goa Congress MLAs will march to Raj Bhavan calling on Governor tomorrow to stake a claim for government formation claiming to be the single largest party. The majority mark is 112 seats. As per reports, Congress' Goa in-charge, Challa Kumar along with other party leaders will be meeting the Governor of Goa on Friday, May 18. However, he did not specify how the party would muster a majority. "While in Karnataka the Governor has invited the single-largest party, in Goa too, the same precedent should be followed", he said.

The Congress is giving an "opportunity to Goa governor to rectify the mistake which she did last year", Kavelkar said.

The BJP-led government in Goa is headed by Manohar Parrikar, who is now undergoing treatment in the USA for pancreatic ailment. The party's state president HD Kumaraswamy attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for "demolishing" the democracy. "The Congress would be able to provide a stable government in Goa", the CLP leader added.

The RJD holds 80 seats in the 243-seat Bihar Assembly, whereas the ruling coalition parties Janata Dal (United) and the BJP hold 70 seats and 53 seats each respectively, totaling to 123 seats. Meghalaya elections were held in February 2018. If the government fails to prove majority, the Governor can dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections. But it formed the government in alliance with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party and others.

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