Karnataka effect: After Congress, RJD to stake claim for Bihar

Congress in Goa and Manipur RJD in Bihar say they'll stake claim to form government

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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.

In Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, son of party founder Lalu Prasad Yadav, said the party would hold a dharna on Friday to protest what it called the "murder of democracy" in Karnataka.

"If Karnataka Governor can invite single largest BJP to form government, why not Goa governor invite single largest Congress in Goa?"

In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the Congress emerged as the single-largest party bagging 17 of the 40 seats.

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.

In the 243-seat Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 80 seats, the JD (U) 71 and the Congress 27. The BJP, which got 13 seats, formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each. Along with one independent MLA, the BJP has staked the claim at forming the government. The BJP however countered that by stating that the Congress in Goa never staked a claim. If they have allowed the single-largest party to come to power in Karnataka, then they should allow that here as well.

RJD, an ally of Congress in Bihar, made this announcement hours after BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the Karnataka chief minister on Thursday after the Supreme Court declined to stay his swearing-in ceremony. "[Party President] Amit Shah has only one formula - horse trading, or using central agencies against MLAs of other parties", Yadav said.

Mr. Yadav raised the issue of BJP being given 15 days to prove the majority and asked how would party reach the magic figure.

"It's all BJP's greed to form the government. When the JD-S and Congress have a majority, we weren't invited by the Governor to form the government", Kumaraswamy said.

The Constitution is under "severe attack" and an atmosphere of fear prevailed in the country, Congress president said, likening the situation to Pakistan and some African countries under "dictatorship". "Four governments in four years did not damage the BJP or Nitish Kumar, it harmed the people of Bihar.These politics developments will similarly affect the growth and development of Karnataka", Yadav.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance, on the other hand, has a majority with 115 MLAs.

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.

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