New Delhi: After the BJP was invited by the Karnataka governor to form the government because it was ‘the single largest party’, despite the fact that the Congress and JD(S) had submitted a list of 117 MLAs that supported the post-poll coalition’s claim, the Goa state unit of the Congress has announced that it plans to meet with the state governor to stake claim to 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 decided to approach the Bihar governor.
“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,” RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said.
I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are single largest party of Bihar.
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 17, 2018
Together, the JD(U)-BJP alliance with other allies have 131 seats of the 243 assembly with them. But with 80 seats, the RJD is still the single largest party.
In a tweet, questioning as to how there can be different yardsticks for different states, the Congress has said the the BJP government must resign in Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya and Bihar as there ‘cannot be two different laws for two situations’.
If the single largest party is to be called to form government, the BJP government must resign in Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya and Bihar. There cannot be two differend laws for two situations. : @rssurjewala
— Congress Live (@INCIndiaLive) May 17, 2018
In Goa, a delegation of Congress leaders is due to meet governor Mridula Sinha on Friday morning.
“Yes, we have an appointment with the Governor tomorrow morning. We will be going to meet her and stake claim to form the government,” Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told the Indian Express.
“How can they have different yardsticks? If they have allowed the single-largest party to come to power in Karnataka, then they should allow that here as well. So we will meet her and tell her that,” Chodankar said.
During the 2017 state elections in the state, Congress had bagged 17 seats and BJP 13 of the 40-member Goa assembly. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and independents won three seats each, whereas the Nationalist Congress Party picked up one.
As the party dithered about who should take up the chief minster’s mantle, the BJP saw an opportunity and quickly stitched together an alliance, which the governor. Mridula Sinha, a former BJP women’s wing in-charge, then invited to form the government.
In 2017, the BJP pulled off a similar win in Manipur and later in Meghalaya in 2018. 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’. On Thursday morning, BJP’s B.S. Yeddyurappa was administered the oath to office.
The most likely option that lies ahead of the Congress and the RJD is to move a no-confidence motion. Only then, if the government fail to prove a majority will the governor dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections.
But with the BJP holding the numbers in both states, there is no easy resolution in sight.