In Karnataka yesterday, the BJP was invited to form government as the largest party, though the Congress and Janata Dal Secular combine claimed a comfortable majority.
Declaring that he will parade his party's MLA before the Governor of Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that Bihar Governor should follow the precedent of his Karnataka counterpart and dissolve the Nitish Kumar government.
"If in Karnataka the single largest party got a chance to form government, then the governments in Goa, Bihar, Manipur and Meghalaya should resign and make way for the single largest party", said Randeep Surjewala of the Congress.
With the Karnataka Governor inviting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest party to emerge in the recently-concluded state elections, to form the new government, opposition parties in Bihar, Goa, Meghalaya, and Manipur are now demanding dissolution of BJP governments in their respective states saying if the "single largest party" rule applies to form a government in Karnataka then it should be applied to other states as well.
"While in Karnataka, the governor has invited the single largest party, in Goa too, the same precedent should be followed", he said.
Yadav was taking a cue from the Congress which today chose to stake claim to form government in Goa where it had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls held past year.
In Bihar, the RJD was the single-largest party with 80 seats in the 243-seat assembly in the 2015 assembly election, but it ended up in the opposition - although it happened after ally Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) ditched RJD-Congress to go with BJP.
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).
During the 2017 state elections in the state, Congress had bagged 17 seats and BJP 13 of the 40-member Goa assembly. In protest, we would be holding a day-long dharna on Friday. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik will meet Tejashwi at 1 pm on Friday.
In Karnataka, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party and was invited to form the government.
Sources in the Kerala BJP unit, closely associated with electioneering, said the Yeddyurappa factor was critical to their consolidation in Karnataka. "Why (was) RJD was given just twi days time to form the government but BJP was given 15 days time to prove majority?"
RJD leaders are of the view that the Congress party in Karnataka should have entered into a pre-poll alliance with JD (S). "The numbers will have to be proven on the floor of the House and we have that with us", he said. "Why the double standard?"
The Goa Congress said by the same count, it should be given power in the state. "The crisis of one state can not also be compared to that of another", said deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi of BJP.