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May 17, 2018 10:19 PM | Politics

Congress seeks 'Karnataka model' in Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya

After Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s controversial decision to invite the single largest party and not the largest post-poll group,  the opposition Congress is up in arms

After BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka on Thursday for the third time, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have claimed stake to form governments.

Yeddyurappa took oath Thursday morning even as opposition leaders protested outside the Bengaluru assembly. Sworn enemies Siddharamaiah and Kumaraswamy rubbed shoulders as they sat next to each other shouting slogans, all this after the Supreme Court opened its gates at 1:45 am to hear a petition challenging the Karnataka governor's decision.

The court ruled at 5:30 am that it will not stop Yeddyurappa's swearing-in but has scheduled the next hearing in the case on Friday.

With Yeddyurappa formed the government as the leader of the single-largest party, Congress MLAs in Goa are seeing an opening. Congress leader Yatish Naik has said that they are the single largest party in the state and has appealed to the governor to invite them to form the government in the state.

The party also said that it is willing to face a floor test.

Former Manipur chief minister and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh said that party will be staking claim before Manipur's governor on Friday.

Similarly in Bihar, RJD leader, Tejashwi Yadav, said that he will be meeting the governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik at 1:00 pm tomorrow and offered to parade the MLAs of his party.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Congress is also staking claim to forming the government by stating that they are the single largest party in the state.

 

 

In Manipur, the former congress chief minister Ibobi Singh met the governor and staked his claim to form the government as he is the leader of the single-largest party in the state.

Sudesh Varma, spokesperson of BJP, Adil Singh Boparai, spokesperson of Congress, Sanjay Hegde, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, Chandan Gowda, a professor of sociology at the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, DP Satish, senior editor at Network18, and Majeed Memon, Rajya Sabha MP of the NCP discussed the dramatic turnarounds taking place around Karnataka elections.
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