“Single Largest Is All? Why Not Our Party”: Tejashwi Yadav On Karnataka

Tejashwi Yadav said he would meet the Governor with his legislators.

New Delhi: 
Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite the BJP to form government in Karnataka as the single largest opposition party, has provided ammunition to Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav. Taking on bitter political rival BJP, the 28-year-old leader has declared that he would stake claim to form a new government in Bihar, as his Rashtriya Janata Dal is the single largest party in the state.

The Congress – RJD ally in Bihar’s Grand Alliance, dumped by Nitish Kumar before he partnered with the BJP last year – is also are thinking on similar lines. Its state unit in Goa said as the single largest party, they have sought an appointment with the Governor tomorrow to press for a revised government. The Manipur unit has also made a similar resolution.

In a tweet yesterday, Tejashwi Yadav had showed the way.

The political heir of Lalu Yadav — who has been handling the party since his father went to jail in a corruption case – declared that he wants to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik.

“The single largest party was not allowed to form government in Bihar,” Tejashwi Yadav told reporters today. “In this country, there are laws. There should be a single law – Bihar, Karnataka and northeast are within India and not out of it,” he said.

The RJD had won in 80 of Bihar’s 242 seats in the assembly election held in 2015. Its grand alliance partners — Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United had 70 seats, and the Congress 27 seats. The BJP came fourth with 53 seats.

When Nitish Kumar pulled the plug off the Grand Alliance last June to tie up with the BJP, Lalu Yadav was extremely upset that his party was not called upon to form the new government.

Recalling those days, Tejashwi Yadav tweeted: “After betrayal of mandate in Bihar 10 months ago @RJDforIndia is & was single largest party but not called by governor to form govt. I waited &sat on dharna at Governer house’s gate for hours with our MLAs till 2AM but didn’t get time to meet.”

The BJP, he said, made a backdoor entry to the state.

The Congress had missed out on forming the government in three states – Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya – after the BJP formed a coalition and staked claim to form government.

Today, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said if the single largest party in Karnataka gets to form the government, “then the governments of Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya should resign and the single largest parties there be invited to form government”.

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