'Largest party fever' reaches Bihar, Goa: RJD, Congress stake claim

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While there appears to be no threat to the current BJP-led coalition government in Goa, there has been unease among coalition partners over the continued uncertainty over the health of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been away in the USA for treatment since March.

"We expect the Karnataka governor to invite the JD (S)-Congress coalition which has clear majority to form government in the state".

The voices against the BJP's "illegal" way of coming to power in Karnataka were also being raised in several other states, including Bihar and Tamil Nadu. "Why two criteria for two states?" he asked. "I request the Governor to follow big brother Karnataka and invite the Congress to rectify the wrong", said Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar.

Former Bihar deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also criticised the BJP for its dictatorship and asked Opposition parties to unite against the saffron party.

Chodankar said that Congress MLAs, along with party office bearers, will march to the Raj Bhavan from the Dona Paula circle to meet the Governor at 12 pm on Friday.

With the BJP winning 104 seats in 224-assembly in the Karnataka elections, Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala invited its legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government and prove majority within 15 days. "So, we appeal to Governor to invite us to form the government".

Not just the Congress, but the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar, which emerged as the single largest party after the polls, has also made a decision to approach the Bihar governor.

The Congress has also staked its claim to forming the government in Manipur on Thursday. The majority mark in the Karnataka assembly is 112 seats. In the Assembly elections held in March past year, the Congress bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats (see chart).

However, BJP that won only 21 managed to form a coalition government with the support of four each from NPF and NNP, one each from Lok Jana Sakti, Trinamool Congress and one independent along with another MLA who defected from Congress.

In the assembly elections held in March previous year, Congress in Goa had won 17 seats in a 40-member House, falling short of the majority by just four seats.

BJP alliance with other allies have 131 seats of the 243 assembly with them. We were single largest party and had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt. The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), which had won three seats each. He, however, refused to name the political party whose support Congress will be seeking.

Back in Karnataka which prompted these moves, Congress and JD (S) had collected their MLAs at Eagleton Resort to keep their flock together. Then why should we not be called to form government in Bihar?

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.