Conrad Sangma meets Meghalaya Governor, stakes claim to form govt

Cheryl Sanders
March 4, 2018

The BJP strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma who played the key role in bringing the regional political parties and independent legislators on one platform, said that there will be no deputy chief minister in the Conard Sangma government.

BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh had said the party was going to meet the governor with an alliance that includes the National People's Party, the People's Democratic Front, the United Democratic Party and the Hill State People's Democratic Party.

BJP General Secretary in charge of Meghalaya affairs, Nalin Kohli, refused to divulge details, only saying that the people's verdict was against the Congress. "Conrad Sangma has agreed to the condition and we will form a stable government".

The Assembly Election results ended up with Congress being the single largest party with 21 seats, following with NPP having 19 seats, UDF with 6 and BJP with only 2 seats.

Meanwhile, sources said that, UDP and PDF would likely to extend support the NPP to form government.

The NPP leader is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker (L) P A Sangma who died in 2016.

A delegation of three Congress leaders - Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and CP Joshi - met the governor at 7 pm last night. The PDF bagged four seats while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and three Independents got one seat each. Congress' count reduced by eight from the last Assembly polls while the BJP, which drew a blank in the last polls, bagged two seats.

Mr Sarma said that it would encourage regional parties to form a government.

Within minutes of the arrival of two Union Ministers, Congress Chief Minister Mukul Sangma arrived here to meet Donkupar Roy.

"The UDP, which had led a regional alliance in 2008, still feels the pangs of betrayal by the Congress, which overthrew the coalition a year after to remain in power alone for a decade", Mawtoh said.

The Congress failed to cross the magic figure of 29, leaving chief minister Mukul Sangma disappointed.

The two biggest political formations thrown up in election results for 59 of the assembly's 60 seats yesterday are the Congress and the National People's Party.

Election was countermanded to Williamnagar constituency after NCP candidate was killed in a blast by suspected Garo militants.

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