IMPHAL, May 17 (IANS): The Congress leaders in Meghalaya and Manipur said on Thursday that they will stake claim for formation of government in the two states since the party had emerged as the single largest party in the recent elections.
The Congress leaders said that since the BJP which had become the single largest party in Karnataka was allowed to form the government the same should not be denied to the Congress.
In Meghalaya, the National People’s Party had bagged 19 seats in the 60 member House and the Congress had secured 21 seats but was denied the chance to form the government in February.
Former Manipur Chief Minister and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh informed that he will stake claim to form the Congress government.
In Meghalaya, the Congress had secured 28 seats while the BJP got just 2 in the 2017 elections.
He said that this chance cannot be denied to the party since the BJP was given a chance to form the government after denying the same to the Congress and JDS combined which command a majority in the southern state.
Meanwhile, the Congress in Goa and the RJD in Bihar on Thursday said they would ask the governors of their states to give them a chance to form the government the same way that BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn-in in Karnataka as the leader of the single largest party.
“If the Karnataka Governor can invite the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest party, to form the government, why can’t the Goa Governor invite the Congress, the single largest party in Goa, to form the government here? Why two criteria for two states? Why double standards?” Congress state President Girish Chodankar said.
Chodankar demanded that Governor Mridula Sinha should follow in the footsteps of her Karnataka counterpart Vajubhai Vala and invite the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly after the 2017 Assembly elections, to form the government in the coastal state.
“We request Her Excellency to follow big brother Karnataka Governor and invite the Congress to form the Goa government to rectify a wrong.”
The BJP won 13 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections, compared with 17 of the Congress.
However, after swift political manoeuvering, the BJP staked claim to power with two regional parties and independent MLAs and formed a coalition government after getting the nod from Sinha.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav too wanted Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik to invite his party to form the government as the leader of the single largest party in the state Assembly.
“I will meet the Governor along with our MLAs on Friday as we are the single largest party in Bihar,” Tejashwi Yadav, who is also the Opposition leader in the Bihar Assembly, said.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said that if the Bharatiya Janata Party was invited by the Karnataka Governor to form the government on the grounds that it was the single largest party, then the RJD also had the right to form the government.
“We will request the Bihar Governor to dismiss the state government and invite the RJD to form the government,” he said.
In Karnataka, BJP’s B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief MInister by Governor Vala, despite protests from the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular, which formed a post-poll coalition to bid for power.
The combine of the Congress and the JD-S too had staked its claim to forming a government by citing the support of 117 MLAs. The majority mark in the Karnataka assembly is 112 seats. The BJP has 104.