The Congress unit in Goa has extraordinarily sought an appointment with state Governor Mridula Sinha in order to stake claim to power in the state.Similarly, former Bihar deputy CM and leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav has said he will meet Governor Satya Pal Malik and stake claim to form government in the state, now ruled by a Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.
RJD's senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh also said the Karnataka governor's decision to invite BJP to form the government was a mockery of democracy. "We request Her Excellency to follow big brother Karnataka governor and invite the Congress to form the Goa government and rectify a wrong", Congress state president Girish Chodankar told reporters.
Similar claims are also being made by Congress leaders in Goa where Congress with 21 out of 40 seats was the single largest party in the last state elections.
The RJD fought the elections in alliance with Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) and the Congress, emerging as the single largest party. "In 2017, we won 17 seats & were single largest party & continue to be but Governor chose to invite the BJP which had 13 seats".
Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said the governors can not have two different sets of rules.
RJD's take on the issue was that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar violated the mandate by leaving the grand secular alliance and "forming an undemocratic government with BJP" which was defeated during 2015 state assembly elections. In protest, we would be holding a day-long dharna on Friday. Yadav said that he will be meeting the Bihar governor at 1 PM tomorrow, Friday, may 18. The governor but invited the BJP to form the government. The Congress which ended up as the single largest party was unable to form the government. JD (U) won 71 seats, while the BJP won 53.
The court gave four days to Manohar Parrikar to prove his majority.
When pointed out that the Congress needs support of at least 21 legislators to stake claim in Goa, he said that once the governor swears in the Congress chief minister, he will be able to prove his majority on the floor of the House.
Chodankar said his party was confident of getting the majority without poaching upon the BJP camp.
In Goa, Congress Legislature Party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party will stake claim tomorrow by submitting to Governor Mridula Sinha a formal letter containing signatures of all the 16 party MLAs. "We should get the opportunity now", said Singh. At the same time, Congress-JD (S) found new supporters as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reached out to JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and offered shelter to Congress, JD (S) MLAs in Vishakhapatnam or Vijayawada.