Opp Cong to meet Manipur Guv to stake claim to form govt


While there appears to be no threat to the current BJP-led coalition government in Goa, there has been unease among coalition partners over the continued uncertainty over the health of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been away in the United States for treatment since March.

The BJP had cobbled together a post-poll alliance to reach the half-way mark of 21 seats out of a total of 40 in Goa.

The voices against the BJP's "illegal" way of coming to power in Karnataka were also being raised in several other states, including Bihar and Tamil Nadu.

The BJP-led government in Goa is headed by Manohar Parrikar, who is now undergoing treatment in the USA for his pancreatic ailment.

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala swearing in BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister on Thursday has stirred up a hornet's nest, making things increasingly tough for Narendra Modi government and BJP across the country.

In Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, former deputy chief minister, also requested Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Nitish Kumar-led JD (U)-BJP coalition government and invite RJD to form government.

Chodankar said that Congress MLAs, along with party office bearers, will march to the Raj Bhavan from the Dona Paula circle to meet the Governor at 12 pm on Friday. "I will meet the Governor along with our MLAs as we are the single largest party in Bihar", tweeted Tejashwi Yadav, who is also the Opposition leader in the Bihar Assembly.

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"The governments in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya should resign and the single-largest parties in these states be invited to form the respective governments and prove their majority".

Yadav, the Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar assembly, told reporters in Patna he has sought an appointment with governor Satyapal Malik on Friday before whom "we wish to submit that there can not be double standards".

BJP took help of smaller parties though stood second in Goa and Manipur to form government. Only then, if the government fail to prove a majority will the governor dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections. In the Manipur poll held past year, the Congress had won 28 seats in the 60-member House and the BJP 21. NPP's Conrad Sangma formed the government with the support of 34 MLAs.

"RJD was and remains the single largest party in Bihar".

According to reports on ANI, Congress's Goa in-charge Chella Kumar today said he along with more leaders will meet the governor of Goa and ask him to invite his party to form the government. Goa Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party will stake claim today by submitting to Governor Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all the 16 party MLAs.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav too wanted the Bihar governor to invite his party to form a government in the state, citing results of the November 2015 elections.

Of the 222 constituencies where polling was held on 12 May, the BJP won 104, while the Congress won 78 and the JD-S 37 and BSP 1. However, the BJP managed to secure a majority there with post-poll alliances and their leaders were sworn in as chief ministers. His statements were echoed by Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar. The Governor should have invited us to form the government.