RJD to meet Bihar governor on Friday, stake claim to form govt

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Congress and JD leaders protesting outside Raj Bhavan in Karnataka | Bhanu Prakash Chandra

Following the BJP's precedent in Goa and later in Manipur, the Congress in Karnataka also entered into a post-poll alliance with the Janata Dal (S) despite not being the single-largest party, and requested Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to allow it to form the government. "The rule should be equal for everyone but what we are seeing here is that rules are being bent for a single party", Leader of the opposition in Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav said in a tweet on Thursday. Yet, in Karnataka, governor Vajubhai Vala, a long-time BJP member known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chose to give the BJP the chance to prove its majority in a floor test as it is "the single largest party".

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.

The BJP had previous year cobbled up a post-poll alliance with regional parties such as the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party besides bringing in independents to form the government in the 40-member assembly.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD had emerged as the single largest party in the 2015 Bihar assembly polls with 80 seats as against JDU's 70 seats.

According to reports on ANI, Congress's Goa in-charge Chella Kumar today said he along with more leaders will meet the governor of Goa and ask him to invite his party to form the government. After Goa and Bihar, Congress leaders in Manipur and Meghalaya have now sought time from the respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow.

The BJP won 13 seats in 2017, compared with 17 of the Congress.

"The formation of government in Karnataka is undemocratic and to protest this murder of democracy we have made a decision to launch a day-long protest in Patna". "The numbers will have to be proven on the floor of the House and we have that with us", Goa Congress leader said. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik will meet Tejashwi at 1 pm on Friday. "The governor should invite us to form the government in Goa as per the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart", Kavlekar, the Leader of Opposition in the Goa Assembly, said. Only then, if the government fail to prove a majority will the governor dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections. JD (U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53.

The former deputy chief minister of the state said the oath-taking ceremony of Yeddyurappa was a black day for democracy. "We should get the opportunity now", said Singh. The Congress is frustrated because the party is being wiped out in India. "We are in majority in Goa as well as Bihar".

The Congress and Janata Dal (S) together showed a strength of 117 legislators with the support of one MLA from the Bahujan Samaj Party and one independent, crossing the half-way mark.

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