Assembly elections

Congress, RJD stake claim to form governments in Goa, Bihar

In Manipur, former CM Okram Ibobi Singh said that acting governor Jagdish Mukhi had promised to look into the Congress’s request to form the government.

The Congress in Goa, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar, met their state governors on Friday and staked claim to form the government. Both political outfits are the single-largest parties in their state Assemblies. This came a day after Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government in the state. The BJP is the single-largest party in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly but does not have majority.

During the 2017 elections in Goa, the Congress won 16 seats in the 40-member legislature. Governor Mridula Sinha had, however, invited the BJP, which won 13 seats, to form the government in coalition with local parties and independents.

The Congress Legislative Party, led by Chandrakant Kavlekar, met Sinha at Raj Bhavan around noon and submitted a letter seeking an invitation to form the government, PTI reported. Fourteen of the party’s 16 legislators met the governor. One MLA is abroad and another legislator is in the hospital, PTI said.

“We requested the governor to follow the precedent of Karnataka and undo the mistake she had committed on March 12, 2017, when she invited the minority party to form the government,” Kavlekar said. “We have given her a time of seven days to revert.”

In Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav met Governor Satya Pal Malik in the afternoon and handed him a letter seeking to form the government. “If we are given a chance, we can easily clear the floor test,” Yadav said, according to ANI. “We have a total of 111 MLAs and some unhappy JD(U) MLAs are in contact with us.” A party seeking to form the government needs at least 122 seats in the 243-member Assembly.

The RJD won 80 seats in the 2015 Bihar elections, making it the single largest party. It formed the government with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and the Congress, but Kumar quit the alliance in 2017. The JD(U) then formed an alliance with the BJP to form a new government.

The Congress is also making an effort to form the government in Manipur. Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh told ANI that acting Governor Jagdish Mukhi had promised to look into the party’s request to form the government. However, it is not clear whether Singh formally met the Manipur governor to stake claim.

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