Hours after the midnight drama over the formation of the Karnataka government came to an end, though not entirely, two opposition parties Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have now demanded that the governors of Bihar and Goa should invite them to stake claim to the government since they were the single-largest parties in last assembly polls which were held in the respective states.
As per latest reports, the Congress power grab plot has spread across the country, following Goa and the RJD in Bihar, Manipur and Meghalaya have followed suit.
While the Congress has announced that it will be meeting the Goa governor Mridula Sinha, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also asked the Bihar governor Satya Pal Malik to invite his party to form the government and dissolve the assembly.
Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma have sought time from respective Governors of the state for a meeting on Friday said news Agency ANI.
Taking to his personal social media account Tejashwi Yadav wrote, "I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are the single largest party of Bihar".
During Goa's 2017 assembly election, Congress emerged to be the single-largest party with 21 seats in the 40-seat assembly. But through a post-poll alliance, BJP formed the government in Goa. Similarly, in the 2015 assembly election, the RJD became the RJD was the single-largest party with 80 seats in the 243-seat assembly but ended up being the opposition.
As per the news Agency ANI, Congress Goa in-charge Chella Kumar to leave for Goa on Thursday, he with other party leaders will meet the Governor on Friday and say that is the single largest party Congress should be invited to form govt in Goa. If necessary Congress can parade its MLAs also at Governor house.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav followed suit and said that he will be holding a dharna 'against the murder of democracy'
"We would be holding a 1-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. 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".
The Karnataka governor, Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government in the state, but even after a marathon hearing which started at 1 am and concluded at 5:30 am, the Supreme Court refused to stay the planned oath-taking of the BJP's BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka.
However, after hearing the arguments of Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the petitioners G Parameshwara of the Congress and Kumaraswamy of the JD(S), and Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, the three-member apex court bench did ask for the letter written by Yeddyurappa to the Karnataka Governor staking a claim to form a government in the state. The Governor had mentioned this letter while inviting Yeddyurappa to form a government.
Notices have been issued to Yeddyurappa and the state of Karnataka that the letter be produced by 10:30 am on Friday when the case will be taken up again. Yeddyurappa's swearing-in is also subject to the outcome of the petition.