In Hung Meghalaya, Congress Call To Governor, BJP Nudges Regional Parties


Shillong: In an interesting turn of events in the race for a tie-up to form the government in Meghalaya, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju along with Himanta Biswa Sarma bumped into outgoing Congress CM Mukul Sangma at the United Democratic Party (UDP) headquarters in Shillong. He handed a letter of support from 34 MLAs to the governor and his swearing-in is set for Tuesday, said a politician who asked not be named. The BJP won two seats, but is rooting for an alliance of regional parties to keep the Congress at bay. As per the available trends for Meghalaya, the Congress won nine seats and was leading in 11 others, the NPP has won three seats and was leading in 16 seats, the BJP was leading in two seats and smaller parties and independents won six seats and leading in 12 others. At least 30 seats are required by a political party or an alliance to form the government. "Therefore, we have come and staked our claim to form the government".

The Congress won 21 seats in the 60-member Assembly making it the single-largest party in the election, but was ten seats short of an absolute majority.

That nearly all the regional parties had contested the elections on an anti-Congress plank may make it hard for the party to stitch up a coalition to reach the halfway mark of 30.

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On the other hand, senior leaders of the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya with 21 seats, met the Governor on Saturday night to stake claim to form the new government. He will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya on March 6. The BJP has two legislators and our party has also made a decision to extend support to the NPP.

The saffron party inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Left Front, which had never faced such a situation, even when it had lost power in 1988 to the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity combine, media reports pointed out. A Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was killed in an IED blast, resulting in countermanding of the polls in one seat.

With entering into an alliance with the NPP to rule Meghalaya, the BJP would thus be in power in six States of the Seven Sisters - Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur Assam, Arunachal Pradesh.