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Karnataka prompts Congress RJD'Me too campaign stake claim to form govt in Goa Bihar

Citing the Karnataka example of the single largest party being invited to form the government, Bihar Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav of RJD on Thursday demanded dissolution of the state's NDA government and an opportunity to RJD to form the government. "We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD", RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said.

Soon after, in an apparent show of unity against the events unfolding in Karnataka, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav followed suit, asking governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Bihar assembly and invite RJD on account of it being the single-largest party in the state.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the Karnataka Assembly, was invited by the governor despite the JD (S)-Congress combine staking claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs.

The BJP had a year ago cobbled up a post-poll alliance with regional parties such as the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party besides bringing in independents to form the government in the 40-member assembly.

The RJD fought the elections in alliance with Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) and the Congress, emerging as the single largest party.

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The Governor's decision has triggered a controversy as the Congress and the JD (S), which have joined hands after the poll results, were not invited to form the government despite having the simple majority (113).

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Though the RJD-JD (U) "mahagathbandhan" won the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, the alliance broke in 2017 with Nitish Kumar's JD (U) aligning with the BJP to form the government. But the governor did not invite the latter to form the government.

Now, as the BJP's past action boomerangs on itself and with the Congress going all out to consolidate its shrinking power-holds (the party is in power in Punjab and Puducehrry alone), all eyes are on the Supreme Court's verdict of Friday. "The BJP is using all unconstitutional methods to form the government by throttling democracy and misusing agencies be it the CBI, ED or income tax to intimidate rivals", he added. When pointed out that the Congress needs support of at least 21 legislators to stake the claim, he said that once the governor swears in the Congress chief minister, he will be able to prove his majority on the floor of the House. "It's dictatorship by BJP", he said addressing a press conference. "The numbers will have to be proven on the floor of the House and we have that with us", he said.

The Congress now has 16 members in the Goa Assembly as one of its legislators Vishwajeet Rane joined the BJP previous year. "We are in majority in Goa as well as Bihar". He went on to form the government with the BJP.