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'Governor should invite largest party to form Govt'

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha says as per established convention the governor should invite the largest party to form government.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2008 16:37 IST

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday said as per established convention the governor should invite the largest party to form government, but remained non-committal whether the NDA would stake claim in Jharkhand.

"Under the prevailing political situation, the governor should follow the established convention by inviting the largest party to form a government," Sinha told at a press conference in Ranchi.

Citing a couple of examples from the past, Sinha, Rajya Sabha member, said, "when the VP Singh government fell in 1990, the then president Shankar Dayal Sharma invited Rajiv Gandhi as the Congress was the single largest party then," adding, "Atal Bihari Vajpayee was invited on similar grounds in 1996. So here also the governor should follow the same convention."

Asked whether the BJP-led NDA would stake claim in the state, Sinha said let the governor follow the convention first.

The BJP has 29 MLAs (including five suspended MLAs) while the JD(U) has four.

State BJP president PN Singh, independent MLA Inder Singh Namdhari and JD(U) leaders were present at the press conference, which was held soon after the NDA's legislature party meeting and a day after Madhu Koda resigned from the chief ministership.

However, Shibu Soren-led JMM, which withdrew its support to Koda government, has not yet staked claim for government formation.