New Delhi, May 18: Opposition parties in Goa, Bihar and Manipur met their respective Governors on Friday and staked claim to form the government, citing BJP’s ‘single-largest party’ theory in the assembly polls that were held in these states, last year. In Goa, the Congress Legislative Party, led by Chandrakant Kavlekar, met governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan around noon and submitted a letter seeking an invite to the party to prove its majority on the floor of the House.
The party said it gave the governor seven days to decide on its request.”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 (BJP) to form the government,” Kavlekar said, adding, “We have given a time of seven days to revert to us on our request.”
Notably, in the assembly elections held in February last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, but falling short of the majority figure by four seats.
On the other hand, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and other alliance leaders met Governor Satyapal Malik. They handed over letters stating that RJD is the single largest party and hence should be invited to form Government.
Meanwhile, in Manipur former CM and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh met Governor Jagdish Mukhi over the issue. Speaking to reporters after the meet Singh said,”The Manipur Governor Jagdish Mukhi said that he will look into the matter. I hope he will do justice.”
In the Manipur Assembly Elections 2017, 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.