Citing Karnataka example, Congress to stake claim to form government in Goa

Rahul Gandhi center president of India's main opposition Congress party waves to the crowd before addressing acampaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state election in Bangalore on April 8

Citing Karnataka example, Congress to stake claim to form government in Goa

"We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government & like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in #Bihar is the RJD", he said on Twitter.

These remarks, by Goa Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, come after Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government, despite the party lacking a majority in the 224-strong state Assembly. The Congress will give Sinha a letter containing signatures of 16 party MLAs, reported news agency PTI.

"I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are single largest party of Bihar", he said in a tweet.

Later in the day, opposition parties in two more states stake claim to form the government.

The BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party with 104 seats in the 222-member Karnataka Assembly, was invited by the Governor despite the JD (S)-Congress combine staking claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs.

The Congress Goa unit will appeal to the state governor, seeking an invitation to form the government, more than one year after the elections.

Seeking replication of the Karnataka example set by Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress on Thursday made a decision to stake claim to form government in Goa, where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls past year.

The BJP which was not the single largest party in Goa forged an alliance with the MGP and formed the government.

"We have 16 legislators with us and with that strength we are the single largest party in the (Goa) Assembly". However, he did not specify how the party would muster a majority. The Congress had then accused Goa Governor Mridula Sinha of acting in favour of the BJP.

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

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 U.S. for treatment since March.

Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma have also sought appointments with the governors of their states on Friday. "The Congress would be able to provide a stable government in Goa", the CLP leader added. "Why (was) RJD was given just twi days time to form the government but BJP was given 15 days time to prove majority?"

Meanwhile, Congress has issued a notice to all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and party workers to organise state-wide protests at state capital and district headquarters against the Karnataka Governor's decision to invite BJP to form government in the state. The BJP had won 13 of the 40 seats.

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