Karnataka impact: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to meet Governor over government formation

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In Karnataka yesterday, the BJP was invited to form government as the largest party, though the Congress and Janata Dal Secular combine claimed a comfortable majority.

"I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are single largest party of Bihar", Tejashwi Yadav said.

"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, 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.

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 Congress is also preparing to demand the "Karnataka model" in neigbouring Goa, where it couldn't form a government past year despite emerging as the single largest party".

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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.

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".

Though the grand alliance- which was formed by RJD, Janata Dal (United) and Congress- constituted the government in 2015, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD (U) broke out of the alliance to join hands with the BJP in 2017. In protest, we would be holding a day-long dharna on Friday.

BJP alliance with other allies have 131 seats of the 243 assembly with them.

In Meghalaya too the assembly elections held in February 2018 saw the Congress come out as the single-largest party with 21 seats. However, BJP clobbered up the support of 11 MLAs to add to its tally of 21 to form the government. "We will definitely rush to the Raj Bhawan on Friday and stake claim to form government", said Okram Ibobi Singh, former chief minister of Manipur, in an exclusive conversation with Times Now. "The numbers will have to be proven on the floor of the House and we have that with us", he said.

"We will prove our majority on the floor of the House within a day". The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and independents won three seats each, whereas the Nationalist Congress Party picked up one. At the same time, Congress-JD (S) found new supporters as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reached out to JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and offered shelter to Congress, JD (S) MLAs in Vishakhapatnam or Vijayawada.