New Delhi, May 18: Opposition parties in four states – Goa, Bihar, Meghalaya and Manipur have sought time from the respective Governors to stake claim to form the government as they emerged as the single-largest parties when the assembly polls were held in these states, last year. The development came a day after Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala invited Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to form a government in the state on grounds that it was the single largest party on May 15.
“In 2017, we won 17 seats and were single largest party and continue to be but Governor chose to invite the BJP which had 13 seats. In Karnataka, Governor invited BJP as they are the single largest party. So, we appeal to Governor to invite us to form govt,” Goa Congress spokesperson Yatish Naik said.
On the other hand, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav also decided to meet the Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form the government in the state.
“Party has decided that we’ll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt,” Tejaswi Yadav told the reporters.
Last year in Goa Assembly Elections, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats. One MLA later resigned and joined the BJP. The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each. Three Independents also went with the BJP.
Meanwhile in the Manipur poll, the Congress had won 28 seats in the 60-member House and the BJP 21. The BJP joined hands with regional parties to claim support of majority of MLAs and Governor Najma Heptulla invited it to form the government, ignoring the claim of the Congress.
In Meghalaya assembly polls held in 2017, Congress was the largest party with 21 seats, followed by National People’s Party (NPP) with 19 seats.
Earlier on Thursday, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Ashok Gehlot issued a letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and workers to organise state-wide dharnas at state capitals and district HQs on Friday to protest against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa.
“If in Karnataka the single largest party got a chance to form government, then the governments in Goa, Bihar, Manipur and Meghalaya should resign and make way for the single largest party,” said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala in Delhi.