BJP says will form next government in Meghalaya

Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the BJP along with regional parties will form the next government in Meghalaya. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Mar 04, 2018, 09.00 AM (IST)

Assam Finance, Health and Education Minister and Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with regional parties will form the next government in Meghalaya so that a non-Congress government comes to power in the state.

"I am confident that the regional parties and the BJP will form the government in Meghalaya together. The people in Meghalaya have rejected the Congress. We are committed to giving them an alternate form of government and we are moving in that direction only," Himanta told ANI.

After Meghalaya saw a hung assembly, the BJP on Saturday suggested that the regional parties -- National People's Party (NPP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) enter into an alliance to form a "non-Congress government" in the state.

Newly elected MLA Shri AL Hek has been declared the Leader of BJP Legislature Party in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, wrote Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Twitter. 

Independent candidate Samuel Sangma met BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma and extended support to the BJP. Also read: Congress stakes claim to form the government in Meghalaya.
 

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Meanwhile, the UDP -- one of the most important regional parties -- is also holding talks and is likely to call the shots in the elections.

The BJP could only win two seats in the 60-member house. The Congress retained its hold in the state by winning 21 seats, 10 short of the 31 needed for a majority.

The NPP won 19 seats, while other regional parties won 17 seats, implying that even though the Congress has won, it still may not form the government in the state. 

(With inputs from ANI)


 

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After Meghalaya saw a hung assembly, the BJP on Saturday suggested that the regional parties -- National People's Party (NPP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) enter into an alliance to form a 'non-Congress government' in the state.