Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav, who also is the Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Legislative Assembly met Governor Satya Pal Malik along with some MLAs and staked claim to form government in the State.
Leaders of the Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and the CPI(ML) accompanied him.
The total strength of the Assembly is 243 and support of 122 MLAs is required to form a government. The RJD has 80, Congress 27, HAM(S) 1 and CPI(ML) 3 MLAs. The ruling JD(U) has 70 and BJP 53 MLAs in the House.
“A lot of disgruntled JD(U) MLAs are in constant touch with me…once we get the invitation from the Governor, we’ll pass the floor test easily,” Mr. Tejaswi told mediapersons outside Raj Bhavan after meeting the Governor.
“The Governor gave us a patient and serious hearing and told us that he would think over our submission and let us know about it,” said Mr. Tejaswi. His elder brother and party MLA from Mahua Assembly cnstituency Tej Pratap Yadav accompanied him in meeting with the Governor.
“If the Karnataka government invites single largest party to form the government there…why we, as a single largest block and party as well too, would not be invited,” asked Mr. Tejaswi Yadav.
Mr. Tejaswi Yadav also welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said “with it the BJP has been exposed.”
Meanwhile, the ruling party JD(U) and BJP leaders have slammed Mr. Tejaswi Yadav for marching to Raj Bhawan and stake claim to form the government in the state.
“All he is doing is to grab political headline and nothing else,” said state BJP leader Dervish Kumar.
Later, the brothers reached the spot where RJD leaders staged a day-long dharna to protest “BJP dictatorship” in Karnataka.