The Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the state assembly elections, winning 21 of the 59 seats that went to polls and 10 short of a simple majority. The figure is marginally ahead of its rival, the National Peoples
Party (NPP), an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur which won 19 seats.
The BJP retaliated to Rahul Gandhi's remarks by saying that the Congress president was "desperate" as his party's "moneybags" had failed to deliver a government in the state.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao wrote on Twitter that the BJP understood Rahul Gandhi's frustration.
We understand your frustration RahulG. Congress party's moneybags and the architects of infamous "Cash for Votes" scandal whom
you despatched to Meghalaya have failed to deliver a govt to you in Meghalaya. In New India, Congress's old corrupt ways won't succeed. Think better!! https://t.co/jHdLWDt15E
"We understand your desperation as you shrink in political space and face the prospect of being reduced to power only in Puducherry," he said.
The Congress party had on Saturday staked its claim to form the government in the state at a meeting with the governor. A delegation of three senior leaders of the Congress -- Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and CP Joshi had met the governor.
However, the governor invited the National People's Party-led alliance to form the government in the state.
The alliance includes the BJP, United Democratic Party (UDP), the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) , People's Democratic Front (PDF), and an independent.
The BJP retaliated by saying that the Congress president was 'desperate' as his party's 'moneybags' had failed to deliver a government in the state.