NPP, BJP, regional parties to form government in Meghalaya

05 March 2018, 12:44 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Conrad Sangma

The National People's Party of Conrad Sangma is in the second place with 14 seats, followed by the BJP which is leading in 7. I met Governor and I have indicated that I will come back with letters of support from like-minded people.

The alliance has the support of 29 MLAs - 19 of the NPP, six of the UDP, two of the HSPDP and BJP's two, he said. "They want to fire from the shoulder of other political parties". "We are there to facilitate and we are doing that to ensure that there is a non-Congress government in Meghalaya", said Sarma. After heavy losses in Tripura and Nagaland, Nath, Patel and Joshi reached Meghalaya from Delhi in a bid to form a government, party sources said.

At Meghalaya Raj Bhawan, four MLAs of the newly formed People Democratic Front (PDF) and one independent also joined the non-Congress coalition led by NPP.

"We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government".

The Congress had failed to form governments in Goa and Manipur despite emerging as the single-largest party in both assemblies after elections past year.

Keen to avoid a repeat of Manipur and Goa, the Congress on Saturday rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath and Mukul Wasnik to Meghalaya which has thrown up a hung Assembly.

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NPP chief Conrad Sangma, who was elected as the leader of the alliance, met Governor Ganga Prasad to stake the claim for formation of a Government. Sangma, who is the chief minister since 2010, retained Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul Ch Hajong by over 6,000 votes.

The United Democratic Party (UDP), which is a part of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), has won six seats.

An hour before the meeting with the governor, the president of UDP, Donkupar Roy, confirmed his support to a non-Congress alliance with Conrad at its helm.

Post declaration of election results last Saturday, Mukul Sangma had said "It is a fractured mandate". Congress' count reduced by eight from the last Assembly polls while the BJP, which drew a blank in the last polls, bagged two seats.

Although it has become clear that the BJP is not a force to reckon with in Meghalaya, national politics dictated that Congress focus its energy on the BJP rather than NPP.

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