Eight MLAs in Meghalaya, which includes five from Congress, one from UDP and two independents, joined the National People's Party today. Meghalaya: Eight MLAs (5- Congress, 1- UDP & 2 independents) join National People's Party (NPP) in Shillong pic.twitter.com/l3iHD7XEWU — ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2018 × The MLAs had quit their respective parties on December 29. The members of the ruling Congress who resigned from the party included former Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh. Along with them, three other MLAs, one from the United Democratic Party and two Independents had resigned from the House. Rowell had already announced that the eight MLAs would join the National People's Party. National People's Party is an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). On January 2, four MLAs from Congress in Meghalaya had joined the BJP party. The number of Congress Legislators in the 60 member assembly seat has reduced to 24. The Northeastern state will hold assembly elections this year after the current House ends on March 6.