BJP will form govt in Meghalaya: Himanta Sarma

Javier Stokes
March 7, 2018

On Sunday, Sangma submitted a letter of 34 legislators support to Governor Ganga Prasad in the 60-member assembly.

National People's Party (NPP)-led alliance of three other regional parties along with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form the government in Meghalaya, which threw up a hung verdict in the hill state on Saturday.

The NPP will form the coalition Government in Meghalaya with the support of BJP, UDP, HSPDP, PDF and an independent MLA from Dalu, Samuel Sangma.

National People's Party (NPP) and the BJP would together form the next Meghalaya, it is reported. Sangma paraded 34 MLAs as he went to meet the governor on Sunday evening, March 4, and will be sworn in as the chief minister on Tuesday. A former minister of Meghalaya, Conrod Sangma is the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma.

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Mr Sarma, who was camping in Shillong since Saturday and was instrumental in foiling the Congress' bid to woo the regional parties, including the Peoples' Democratic Front (PDF), said that the BJP would also be a part of the government. "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 have to win the elections but Congress should face a awful defeat. NPP is a partner of national Democratic alliance NDA.

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NPP's rise in the state has been impressive as it raised its tally to 19 seats from just two in the previous elections. The BJP has two legislators and our party has also made a decision to extend support to the NPP.

"The people of the State has given the fracture mandate".

Earlier in the day, BJP leader and federal Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju met UDP president Donkupar Roy to discuss the formation of a non-Congress government under the leadership of the NPP.

Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the BJP's expansion in the region is now complete.

Sarma said Conrad will be the next chief minister and that there will be no deputy chief minister in the new government.

Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today tendered his resignation to Governor Tathagata Roy.

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