Meghalaya polls: Mandate was actually given to us, says Congress


Meghalaya polls: Mandate was actually given to us, says Congress

BJP leader and Union minister Kiren Rijiju met Roy at his Shillong residence on Sunday to discuss the formation of a non-Congress government in the northeastern state.

Following its defeat in the state Assembly polls here, the BJP on Saturday had suggested that the NPP and UDP enter into an alliance to form a "non-Congress government" in the state.

BJP's Himanta Biswas Sarma had earlier said that they would meet the Governor at 5 pm today.

Furthermore, Lanong, who unsuccessfully contested the election, said that the NPP will decide the chief ministerial candidate since it has the maximum MLAs. Right from the time of campaigning we knew that BJP, NPP and UDP were together and it has been proved now.

Mukul Sangma said that the outcome of the Assembly polls was a mandate against the BJP.

In Meghalaya Assembly polls, no single party crossed the halfway mark as the Congress won 21 seats, followed by the NPP with 19 seats, and BJP and UDP with two and six seats respectively.

Sources informed DNA that the Congress said that they don't have the numbers to form the government.

A delegation of three Congress leaders - Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and C P Joshi - had on Saturday staked a claim to form the government in the state at a meeting with the Governor.

"We will be discussing government formation with our alliance partners and members of the PDF and the KHNAM soon", he said. "We are in a comfortable position to form the next government".

Meghalaya governor Ganga Prasad asked Conrad Sangma to form the next government on Mar 6 when newly elected MLAs of NPP, BJP, United Democratic Party (UDP), People's Democratic Front (UDP), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and an Independent MLA and senior BJP leaders led by Conrad Sangma on Sunday evening met the Meghalaya governor at Raj Bhawan in Shillong and staked a claim to form new government in the hill state. I met Governor and I have indicated that I will come back with letters of support from like-minded people.

"There's no choice but for us to go forward with alliances with other regional parties". UDP president, Dr Donkupar Roy informed that Dr Mukul Sangma has offered the UDP to lead the Govt for two and half years and Congress for the remaining years, to share the whip of leadership. He said, development of the state will be his main priority.



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