Invite us to form government, Congress tells Goa Governor

RJD said they will hold day-long dharna on Friday against murder of democracy in Karnataka

"The mandate of Bihar was for making Nitish Kumar the chief minister of the state and for setting up a corruption-free government", Shahnawaz said, adding that in Karnataka people voted the Congress out of power and even the JDS fought the elections to oust the Congress government.

The BJP won 13 seats in 2017, compared with 17 of the Congress. "The crisis of one state can not also be compared to that of another", said deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi of BJP. The Congress had then accused Goa Governor Mridula Sinha of acting in favour of the BJP.

They would be citing the Karnataka case where the Governor invited the BJP to form the government on the ground that it was the single largest party. If necessary Congress can parade its MLAs also at Governor house.

The Congress on Thursday said it would stake claim to form the government in Goa, as it had emerged as the single-largest party after the 2017 Assembly elections.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala granted 15 days to BJP to prove majority considering the saffron poutfit as the single largest party in the state.

If the Karnataka governor was right in inviting Yeddyurappa to form a minority government as BJP was the largest party, Congress should be invited to form the governments in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya and RJD in Bihar, the two parties have demanded. Earlier on Wednesday, Congress-JDS approached the Supreme Court challenging Karnataka Governor's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to take oath as next Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Congress leader and AICC Secretary Dr A Chella Kumar, in-charge of Goa affairs, rushed to Panjim on Thursday to stake claim to form government. In the Manipur poll held previous year, the Congress had won 28 seats in the 60-member House and the BJP 21.

The Karnataka Governor's decision to invite BJP to form government in the state has caused an uproar among the opposition parties who were not invited to form government in their respective states despite being the single largest party. We were single largest party and had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt.

In the assembly elections held in March past year, Congress in Goa had won 17 seats in a 40-member House, falling short of the majority by just four seats.

"As the Congress-JD (S) has won 95 seats and is leading in 20 seats, absolute majority for the coalition is clear".

"The numbers will have to be proven on the floor of the House and we have that with us", he said when he was asked the Congress needs the support of at least 21 legislators.

Later in the day, opposition parties in two more states stake claim to form the government.

Meghalaya Congress is also staking claim to forming the government by stating that they are the single largest party in the state.

The Congress has 16 MLAs in the 40-member Goa Assembly.

In a pre-poll alliance, RJD had emerged as the single-largest party with 80 seats in the 2015 Bihar elections, while JD (U) with 70 seats and Congress with 27 had finished second and fourth, respectively.

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