Meghalaya highlights: Conrad Sangma stakes claim to form government, big setback for Congress

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Shillong | Updated: March 4, 2018 10:57:45 PM

In another setback for the Congress after the party failed to impress in Tripura and Nagaland, Meghalaya has also gone to the BJP camp.

conrad sangmaCongrad Sangma talks to press after meeting Meghalaya governor on Sunday. (ANI)

Meghalaya election result 2018 LIVE: In another setback for the Congress after the party failed to impress in Tripura and Nagaland, Meghalaya has also gone to the BJP camp, as per reports. The saffron party has stitched alliance with Conrad Sangma-led NPP and other three parties. The Congress has emerged as the single largest party in the state but looks set to suffer a fate similar to Goa and Manipur last year. The Congress was outsmarted by BJP in both Goa and Manipur even as the latter was not the largest party.

Earlier today, Congress leader and CM Mukul Sangma submitted his resignation. BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma told ANI today, “How can we have the upper hand? BJP has 2, the upper hand will be NPP 19, followed by next upper hand UDP, they are 6. We are in discussion with PDF also. That is why at 5 pm we are going to meet governor with 29 members, that number will definitely go up.”

“UDP has extended a support letter to us & we have discussed threadbare. It is just a matter of 2 hours, you will come to know everything, who will be the leader. Let it unfold officially in a dignified manner,” Sarma said.

Check LIVE updates of latest developments in Meghalaya

8:10 PM: 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 Pres in Meghalaya Vincent Pala

8:00 PM: 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 govt but difficult to govern. We will play a constructive role in whatever position we will be in: V Pala

7:36 pm: Visuals from inside Governor House in Meghalaya where MLAs from NPP, UDP, BJP and HSPDP arrived earlier over the formation of govt in the state.

7.26 pm: Himanta Biswa Sarma of BJP says, “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.”

7.25 pm: Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju tells ANI: “It’s positive that regional parties got together to work for the region. It’s people’s decisions and we need to respect that.”

6.55 pm: Conrad Sangma tells reporters: “Running a coalition government is never easy but I am confident that the MLAs who are with us are very committed to the state and people, will work towards the development of the state.”

6.44 pm: Himanta Sarma gives detail of the NDA government. He tells ANI: “Conrad Sangma will be the next chief minister of Meghalaya. There will be no Deputy CM in the new government. 1 MLA out of every 2 MLAs of all the parties will form part of the govt. So 1 MLA, out of the 2, of BJP will be a part of it too.”

6.26 pm: Talking to reporters after meeting the Government, Conrad Sangma of NPP kept the name of the CM candidate secret. Conrad said he has just met the governor and staked the claim to form the government. The name of the CM will be announced later.

6.18 pm: NPP’s Conrad Sangma has met Meghalaya Governor to stake claim to form the government. Oath-taking ceremony to take place on 6th March at 10.30 am, reports ANI.

agatha sangmaTura: NPP candidate Agatha Sangma displays victory sign after winning in her constituency in the Meghalaya Assembly elections at Tura on Saturday. PTI Photo

5.19 pm: MLAs of Conrad Sangma-led NPP, UDP, BJP and HSPDP starts arriving at Governor House.

5.03 pm: Earlier, the NPP had ruled out alliance with the Congress. NPP state chief WR Kharlukhi told The Shillong Times that Congress was “engaged in vilification campaign” against his party for long and even linked it with BJP.

4.42 pm: Earlier in the day, Mukul Sangma of the Congress had told ANI, “Respect mandate of the people. I met Governor& I have indicated that I will come back with letters of support from like-minded people. BJP has only 2 MLAs how would they like to form the govt? They want to fire from the shoulder of other political parties.”

4.15 pm: There is no decision on Agatha Sanga. But NPP chief Conrad Sangma is expected to lead the NEDA coalition government in which BJP is also a member, as per local media reports.

4.09 pm: Congress has failed to stitch an alliance despite emerging as the single largest party in the state.

4.03 pm: Donkupar Roy, president of United Democratic Party tells ANI in Shillong: As a party, we meet and discussed the formation of govt. We all decided we should form a non-Congress govt, and we have decided that NPP government should be formed led by Conrad Sangma as the CM.”

3.58 pm: Will Meghalaya get its first woman CM in Agatha Sangma? NPP’s Conrad Sangma tells ANI, “You will come to know at 5 pm.”

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