"If BJP considers it correct to form a government in Karnataka by virtue of being the single largest party in the state, it should consider its decision wrong not to give an opportunity to RJD to form next government in Bihar following resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar previous year as it was the single largest party in the state", Mr Yadav, also leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly argued.
Former deputy chief minister and senior RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav today created a political storm by declaring that he would meet governor tomorrow to demand formation of a new government by his party after BJP formed the government in Karnataka by taking plea of it being the single largest party. "We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government & like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in #Bihar is the RJD", he said on Twitter.
"In 2017, we won 17 seats & were the single largest party and continue to be but Governor chose to invite the BJP which had 13 seats".
Seeking replication of the Karnataka example set by Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress on Thursday made a decision to stake claim to form government in Goa, where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls past year.
In the Karnataka elections, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 104 of the 222 seats, a handful short of the halfway mark. Three Independent MLAs supported the BJP too.
Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party will stake claim on Friday by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all the 16 party MLAs.
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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. BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the chief minister on Thursday morning, after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in following a late-night hearing, subject to further orders. "When the JD-S and Congress have a majority, we weren't invited by the Governor to form the government", Kumaraswamy said.
He was referring to the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form the government after the Assembly election results declared on 15 May. Amit Shah has only one formula, horse-trading or sending agencies like CBI and ED behind MLAs of other parties.
Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala had on Wednesday night invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and prove within 15 days that he had a majority in the Legislative Assembly. "Then why should we not be called to form a government in Bihar?"
The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance, on the other hand, has a majority with 115 MLAs.
Kavlekar said that in absence of the Chief Minister in the state for last two months, there is no government in place.