Karnataka impact: Congress, RJD to stake claim in Goa and Bihar
New Delhi: A day after Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP, the single-largest party, to form a government in the state, two Opposition parties, the Congress and the RJD, are demanding that the governors of Bihar and Goa should invite them to stake claim to the government as they were the single-largest parties in last assembly polls held in these states.
The Congress in Goa on Thursday demanded that Governor Mridula Sinha follow in the footsteps of her Karnataka couterpart Vajubhai Vala and invite the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly after the 2017 Assembly elections, to form the government in the coastal state.
"If the Karnataka Governor can invite the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest party to form the government, why can't the Goa Governor invite the Congress, the single largest party in Goa, to form the government here? Why two critieria for two states? Why double standards?
"We request Her Excellency to follow big brother Karnataka Governor and invite the Congress to form the Goa government to recitfy a wrong," Congress state President Girish Chodankar told reporters.
The BJP won 13 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections, compared with 17 of the Congress.
Similarly, in an apparent show of unity against the events unfolding in Karnataka, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav followed suit, asking governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Bihar assembly and invite RJD on account of it being the single-largest party in the state.
"We would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD," said Tejashwi Yadav.
Yadav also said that he will be meeting the Bihar governor at 1 PM tomorrow.
In Karnataka, BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief MInister by Governor Vala, despite protests from the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular, which formed the post-poll coalition to bid for power.