Defeat of Congress was our aim in Meghalaya, says Kannanthanam

Will Keep My Cards Close To Chest Mukul Sangma On'Unexpected Results

"We met the Governor and sought his invitation to the single largest party to be called first to form the government as per convention", former Union minister Nath had told PTI. "We are committed to giving them an alternate form of government and we are moving in that direction only", he told ANI. Here the BJP ally's the Nationalist People's Party (NPP), will be a key player in the formation of government.

After failing to form a government in Meghalaya, state Congress president Vincent Pala on Sunday said that it was his party who won the mandate of the people in the state assembly. Further speaking on whether the BJP is having the upper hand in Meghalaya, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "How can we have upper hand?" Right from the time of campaigning we knew that BJP, NPP and UDP were together and it has been proved now.

Castigating the BJP for attempting to form government in Meghalaya, Sangma said, "Respect mandate of the people".

"Since the whole election process is over, the chief minister has to submit his resignation and I did".

As per the results of the Meghalaya State Assembly polls declared on March 3, the Congress party retained its hold with 21 seats, while the NPP bagged 19 seats.

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"We have support of 29 MLAs in the 59 member House".

Earlier, Congress had made all attempts to convince the regional parties to support it in government formation, even as outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma came with a proposal of sharing power - two-and-half years each - with UDP, one of the main regional parties in the state.

Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the National People's Party in Meghalaya on Sunday said that NPP leader Conrad Sangma would be the new chief minister of the state.

If this is the final decision of the UDP and if what they claimed of other regional forces forming an alliance is true, then the Congress is at the losing end. UDP president Donkupar Roy said that his support comes on the condition that NPP MP Conrad Sangma, the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma, would be the Chief Minister.

The NPP, which secured 19 seats on its own, has the backing of six United Democratic Party (UDP) legislators, four People's Democratic Front (PDF) MLAs, two each from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) MLAs and an Independents legislator. He said, development of the state will be his main priority.

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