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Rabri stakes claim to form govt
March 05, 2005 10:55 IST
Last Updated: March 05, 2005 12:10 IST
Caretaker Chief Minister Rabri Devi on Saturday called on Bihar Governor Buta Singh and staked claim to form the next government in the state.
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She was accompanied by her husband and ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
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Earlier in the day, when RJD spokesman Shibanand Tiwari was asked if the party had obtained support of the required number of MLAs to form the government, Tiwari said: ''We have decided to stake claim to avoid imposition of President's Rule in the state.''
The RJD, with 75 MLAs, has emerged as the single largest party in Bihar.
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The RJD has so far received letters of support from the 10-member Congress and one-member Communist Party of India-Marxist.
The Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India, with three MLAs each, have decided to vote for a secular government in the state.
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