Political controversy

Karnataka results: Congress, RJD say they will stake claim to form governments in Goa, Bihar

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government in the state, despite the Congress-JD(S) alliance having a majority of seats.

The Congress on Thursday said that it would stake a claim to form the government in Goa as it has been the single-largest party in the Assembly since last year’s elections. In Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal made the same argument. The Bihar elections were held in 2015.

Both parties plan to meet the governors of their states on Friday.

Goa Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav made remarks to this effect after Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government in the state. Though the BJP is the single-largest party in the 224-member Assembly with 104 seats, it is still short of a majority. The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine, however, has the required numbers.

Following this, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the chief minister on Thursday morning. Though the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) petitioned the Supreme Court, which heard the plea during a late-night sitting on Thursday, it refused to stay Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in. It will take up the matter again on Friday.

Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma – both from the Congress, and who belong to two states where the BJP is part of the government but not the single-largest party – have also sought appointments with the governors of their states on Friday.

The Congress has 16 MLAs in the 40-member Goa Assembly. The BJP has 14 MLAs, but managed to form the government with support from local parties and independents.

In Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal had won 80 seats in the 2015 elections, and formed an alliance with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and the Congress. However, the coalition broke up in 2017, and the BJP with 53 seats supported the JD(U) to form a new government.

Kavlekar said the Congress would meet Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Friday and submit a letter containing signatures of all 16 party MLAs, PTI reported. “The governor should invite us to form the government in Goa as per the precedent set by her Karnataka counterpart,” he added.

Kavlekar, who is also the leader of the Opposition in the Goa legislature, said that once the governor administers the oath of office to the new chief minister, he will be able to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar claimed the party wanted to give the governor “an opportunity to rectify the mistake which she did last year”.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said at a press conference that party MLAs would meet Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik at 1 pm on Friday, ANI reported. He said the MLAs would demand that the JD(U)-BJP government be dissolved and the Rashtriya Janata Dal be invited to form the government.

“How will the BJP prove majority [in Karnataka]? [Party President] Amit Shah has only one formula – horse trading, or using central agencies against MLAs of other parties,” Yadav said. “It’s dictatorship by the BJP. If we are not united today, then just as it was Bihar yesterday and Karnataka today, it could be Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan tomorrow.”

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Innovations in payment options are making premium products more accessible

No need for documentation or applications to own high-quality items

Credit cards have long been associated with an aspirational lifestyle. The ability to buy something out of your wish list without needing to pay the entire amount can tempt even the most disciplined shoppers. A designer couch, the latest mobile phone, a home entertainment system or a car, as long as you can pay back the borrowed amount within the grace period, your credit card purchases know no bounds.

However, credit cards, pre-approved or not, come with a number of complications. The tedious application procedure starts with the collection and submission of various documents. Moreover, there are several reasons your credit card application might get rejected including low income that compromises your repayment capability, certain occupations or work history, mistakes in the application form, possession of multiple cards or even a failed physical verification attempt. While applying for a credit card might have become easier, the success of the application can take time and effort.

Credit card owners are regaled with benefits all year round with attractive EMIs, offers on purchases, airline miles, lounge access, cashbacks and a plethora of exclusive deals. It’s worth noting that debit card owners don’t get even half of these benefits and offers, despite the sheer size of the debit card customer base in the country (846.7 million compared to 36.2 million credit card holders).

This imbalance of finance and purchase options between credit card and debit card owners is slowly changing. For instance, the new EMIs on debit card feature on Flipkart ensures affordability and accessibility to Indian consumers who don’t own credit cards. The payment innovation increases the purchasing power of the consumer. By providing credit access to non-credit card holders, expensive and high-quality products are made more affordable for a large base of customers without denting their cash flow. The video below comically captures a scenario that people who don’t own a credit card will relate to.


Flipkart’s EMIs on debit card feature doesn’t require a minimum account balance, documentation, nor does it charge a processing fee, making online shopping a seamless experience even for more high-end products. To find out if you’re eligible for EMIs on debit card, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Flipkart and not by the Scroll editorial team.