We accept verdict of the people. We will keep fighting for the issues of people of Meghalaya. It’s easy to stake claim, since there is a fractured mandate. It is easy to form government but difficult to govern. We will play a constructive role in whatever position we will be in: Congress working president in Meghalaya, V Pala
Election Results Live | Assembly Elections Result 2018 Live News Updates – Conrad Sangma Will be the Next CM of Meghalaya, Says BJP
A five-party alliance cobbled together by the BJP and led by the NPP is set to come to power in Meghalaya, edging out the Congress which had emerged as the single-largest party in yesterday’s results. Sources say NPP leader Conrad Sangma may be the next chief minister, but his sister Agatha Sangma has also emerged as the dark horse. The Grand Old Party, however, is in no mood to suffer the ‘Goa fate’ again, with outgoing CM Mukul Sangma saying the Congress is in talks with “like-minded parties”. The Congress had met the Governor last night and staked claimed to form the government, but is short of majority with no local parties yet offering support. Will the BJP add Meghalaya to its kitty today? Stay tuned as Sumedha Kirti brings you live updates:
We don’t have pre-poll alliance with anybody. Right from the time of campaigning we knew that BJP, NPP & UDP were together and it has been proved now. Mandate was actually given to Congress: Congress working president in Meghalaya, Vincent Pala.
Himanta Biswa Sarma: Currently, we have 34 members, NPP -19, BJP-2, UDP-6, HSPDP-2, PDF-4 & 1-independent. Number likely to go up. Rahul Gandhi sent four senior leaders of the party to Shillong without any calculations on government formation. I don’t see maturity in him.
Himanta Biswa Sarma says that NPP’s Conrad Sangma will be the next chief minister of Meghalaya and no Deputy CM will be appointed in the new government just to please the alliance partners. Talking about the likely cabinet in the state, Sarma says that one MLA out of every two MLAs of all the parties will form part of the government. “So 1 MLA out of the 2 BJP MLAs will be a part of it too,” he says. Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju also weighed in and said that it is a positive sign that regional parties got together to work for the region. It’s people’s decisions and we need to respect that, he added.
Newly elected MLAs of the BJP and its ally IPFT in Tripura will meet on March 6 to elect their leader, state BJP president Biplab Deb said today. The BJP has 35 MLAs and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has eight. Union minister Nitin Gadkari will be present at the meeting, Deb said. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other Union ministers are likely to attend the oath-taking ceremony.
The Congress needed nine seats and had approached the United Democratic Party, which has six and was playing kingmaker, but failed to sway it. UDP president Donkupar Roy told reporters that Mukul Sangma met him and offered him the chief minister’s post on a two-and-a-half years sharing basis between his party and the Congress. “We have rejected this proposal and decided to form a non-Congress government instead,” he said.
For the Congress, this is yet another setback in the Northeast. The party’s performance in Meghalaya had saved it the blushes after it failed to open the account in Tripura and Nagaland, but the failure to stitch any alliance and form the government despite being the single largest party has again exposed how far it lags behind the BJP. Earlier, the Congress had failed to form the governments in Manipur and Goa from the same position.
The next 2-3 days are very crucial because Assembly term gets over. The House expires on March 7 and before that everything has to take place. By tomorrow, everything will be clear: Conrad Sangma tells reporters.
An NPP-led alliance is all set to form the next government in Meghalaya. NPP chief Conrad Sangma met the Governor and staked claim with the support of 34 MLAs. The swearing in ceremony is likely to take place at 10.30 am on March 6.
The NDA numbers as the MLAs go inside the Governor’s House in Meghalaya: NPP (19) + UDP (6) + PDF (4) + BJP (2) + HSPDP (2) + Independent (1) = 34. The halfway mark in the state assembly is 30, so the five part-alliance is well clear of the mark.
Uttar Pradesh Minister Laxmi Narain Chaudhary today attributed the BJP’s victory in the northeast to the faith of the people on the prime minister’s leadership and commitment to the welfare of the nation. “The election results have put a stamp on the fact that Modi is the symbol of national integration,” Chaudhary said reacting to the recent elections in the northeast states.
MLAs from NPP led by Conrad Sangma and MLAs from UDP, BJP and NHPDP begin to arrive at the Governor House in Shilliong, Meghalaya. Meanwhile, Congress has also submitted a letter to Meghalaya Governor stating that Congress has named Mukul Sangma as the leader of the Meghalaya Congress Legislature Party.
Election is a separate issue. Our demand has been there for years to create separate state for tribal people of Tripura. We’re hopeful central government will form high level monitoring committee to look into our demand: NC Debbarma, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) President.
Terming the BJP’s win in the Assembly polls in Tripura as “historical”, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said it had broken a myth that the BJP only captured power in Congress-ruled states. “When the BJP lost the elections in Delhi and Bihar, a notion gained currency that the BJP can’t prevail over other parties, apart from the Congress, in state elections. This myth stands shattered with the outcome of Tripura,” he told reporters while commenting on the poll results of the three northeast states. “BJP has soundly defeated the Left Front government led by Manik Sarkar which has ruled Tripura for the last 25 years. We got a historical mandate in Tripura. We have bagged a majority on our own, and along with our allies, we have won a two-third majority. In Nagaland too, the BJP’s performance is good,” Chouhan said.
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