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:
Mar 4, 2018 20:21 (IST)
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
Party leaders supporting Sitaram Yechury's line will now strongly push for having an understanding with all anti-BJP forces as against Karat's policy of keeping a distance.
Mar 4, 2018 20:03 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 19:27 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 19:00 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 18:55 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 18:50 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 18:27 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 18:26 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 18:05 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 18:01 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 16:54 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 16:46 (IST)
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.
Mar 4, 2018 16:34 (IST)
NDPP leader and three-time Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has staked a claim to form the government, saying that he has the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. Earlier, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the pre-poll allies have got a "near simple majority" in the assembly. "We are in a comfortable position to form the next government. The NDPP-BJP alliance has secured near simple majority in Nagaland. We have the support of one independent and one JD(U) MLAs which takes us to 32 seats," Madhav told reporters in Kohima.
The West Bengal BJP today said the party will effect a change in Bengal, much like it did in Tripura, where it scripted history by ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front. "When some BJP supporters were killed in Tripura, people changed the mandate in that state. In Bengal, many more of our supporters have been killed and injured, and their properties destroyed. BJP will bring a similar change in this state," West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said a press conference. Ghosh said "nepotism, corruption and political violence" is rampant in the state, and there is no place for violence in politics.
Mar 4, 2018 16:06 (IST)
The name of Congrad’s sister Agatha Sangma has also come up for the chief minister’s post. She had won the assembly election from the prestigious South Tura seat on Saturday. When Conrad was asked if Meghalaya would get its first woman chief minister in Agatha Sangma, Conrad remained cryptic and said more would be revealed around 5pm after the NDA delegation meets the Governor. The total strength of the five party alliance that BJP has stitched is 34.
Mar 4, 2018 16:03 (IST)
Donkupar Roy of the UDP has said the party is ready to support NPP in Meghalaya if Conrad Sangma is made the Chief Minister. "We feel he is the most acceptable as a leader and can do the job well," Roy said. The United Democratic Party won six seats in Meghalaya assembly elections and could get to decide who forms the next government in the state.
Mar 4, 2018 15:53 (IST)
The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala said today that the party's defeat in the assembly election in Tripura should be viewed with utmost seriousness. Veteran party leader and former chief minister V S Achutanandan urged the party leadership to join hands with secular forces to fight the Sangh Parivar. "The country is facing serious challenges. The Congress, which had ruled for decades in the post-independence period, has become weaker now," the 94-year-old Marxist veteran said in a statement. The Left parties, which ruled West Bengal and Tripura, were also "weak," Achutanandan, who supported the party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury's line of having an understanding with Congress to fight the BJP, said.
Mar 4, 2018 15:25 (IST)
In the 60-member assembly, the Congress, which had been in power, bagged 21 seats, the NPP, led by Conrad Sangma, son of late PA Sangma, got 19 seats, the BJP got two seats, the United Democratic Party bagged six seats, the Peoples Democratic Front bagged four seats, the Hill State Peoples Democratic Party got two seats, the NCP and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement got one each and Independents bagged three seats. The combined seats of NPP, UDP, BJP, HSPDP and one of an Independent candidate makes it to 30 seats. They are still in talks with eight, including PDF that had bagged four seats. The house is of 59 seats this time. So, 30 is the half way mark. Confirming the lastest development, BJP minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma said, "We will meet the Governor at 5 pm with 30 seats. We are also in talks with PDF, and the number is likely to go up."
Mar 4, 2018 15:11 (IST)
Conrad Sangma will be the next chief minister of Meghalaya, says sources. As the results for the February 27 elections led to a hung house for the 60-member Meghalaya assembly, NPP president Conrad Sangma had said his party would be able to form the next government with the help of other like-minded parties. “We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government. People are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and looking for a change,” he said. Sangma is the son of veteran leader late PA Sangma.
Mar 4, 2018 14:34 (IST)
"Meghalaya will form a Non-Congress Government with Regional Development Alliance (RDA). NPP will lead with the support of UDP, PDF, HSPDP and BJP," said UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh. The NPP won 19 seats, while the UDP-HSPDP pre-poll alliance won only eight. The newly floated PDF has won four seats, while the Nationalist Congress Party and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement secured one seat each. With 21 seats, the ruling Congress is ten short of the 31 seats needed to retain power in the 60-member house. However, the BJP has been trying its best to stitch an alliance with regional parties to form a non-Congress government in the state.
Mar 4, 2018 14:25 (IST)
MoS Home Kiren Rijiju meets UDP chief Dr Donkupar Roy at his residence in Shillong. When Rijiju was asked about the latest development, he said, "You will come to know soon about the parties. BJP is determined to give a Congress-free government in the state." On the other hand, incumbent Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma said that everything will be cleared in some time. "It's a fractured mandate. Let's see how they (BJP) would like to form government with just two seats." Meanwhile, KJ Alphons told CNN-News18 that BJP has extended support to National People's Party (NPP). "We want a non-Congress government," he said.
Mar 4, 2018 13:24 (IST)
The BJP and its pre-poll ally in Nagaland, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), on Sunday exuded confidence that they would be able to form a stable government in the state as the numbers were on their side. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the pre-poll allies have got a "near simple majority" in the 60-member assembly while NDPP leader and three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio said he was confident that their alliance will form the next government in Nagaland. "We are in a comfortable position to form the next government. The NDPP-BJP alliance has secured near simple majority in Nagaland. We have the support of one independent and one JD(U) MLAs which takes us to 32 seats," Madhav told reporters in Kohima. The BJP leader said the NDPP-BJP alliance will stake claim to form the government in next few days. Rio said the alliance is in a comfortable position to form the government.
Mar 4, 2018 13:21 (IST)
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brien tells CNN-News18 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his last speech as the PM from Red Fort on August 15 this year. "He will not be able to deliver his speech on Independence Day next year. Tripura is a very small state. It is not even equal to West Bengal's districts. How can they call it a big win?" West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had also said on Saturday that the saffron party will never win West Bengal and Odisha, and dubbed it as "a cockroach dreaming of becoming a peacock by putting on its feathers".
Mar 4, 2018 13:06 (IST)
Pynthorumkhrah MLA AL Hek declared the Leader of BJP Legislature Party in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
Newly elected MLA Shri A.L. Hek is declared the Leader of BJP Legislature Party in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. pic.twitter.com/aQ8a4v04ah