Tejaswi Yadav Stakes Claim to Form a New Bihar Government

RJD, Congress, and HAM leaders march to the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna, accompanied by Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leaders on Friday marched to the Governor House where they staked claim to form a new government in Bihar on the pattern of Karnataka government formed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that emerged as the single largest party in the state Assembly elections.

RJD de facto chief and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, in a memo to Governor Satya Pal Malik, said that in the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections, RJD was the single largest party with 80 seats and with its other allies like HAM and Congress and many Janata Dal – U leaders ready to dump their party and join the RJD, the 'Grand Alliance' led by the RJD was ready to form the new government in Bihar.

"Currently we have the support of 111 legislators including 80 RJD, 27 Congress, three CPI-ML and one HAM legislator along with many members of the ruling JD-U who have shown interest in leaving the party and join hands with the Grand Alliance. If called to form the new government, we are ready to prove our strength on the Assembly floor," he said.

Requirement to form the government in Bihar is 122 legislators.

Emboldened by the events in Karnataka where the Governor has invited the BJP, the single largest party to emerge in the recently-concluded Assembly polls, to form the new government and prove its strength by Saturday, RJD leaders see a slight ray of hope in dislodging the NDA government in Bihar and capturing the seat of power in the state.

Yadav and his party leaders, along with Bihar Congress leaders earlier sat on a dharna in Gardanibagh to demand from the Governor to invite the RJD-led coalition to form the government.

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwari and others also took part in the dharna.

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