Sangma stakes claim to form Govt in Meghalaya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Mar 2018 08:52:35



NPP-led coalition of regional parties and BJP has 34 members

Whereas Cong has 21 members

Swearing-in likely by March 6

STATING that the NPP-led coalition of regional parties and BJP has 34 members, Conrad Sangma on Sunday called on the Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad and staked claim to form next Government in the State.
“We have 34 members,” Sangma said after the meeting with Governor along with delegation of leaders from other parties like BJP, UDP and HSDP.

Swearing in likely by March 6 as the term of the outgoing Assembly ends on March 7, he said. Earlier in the day, UDP president Donkupar Roy said that six newly elected legislators from his party would support the NPP-led dispensation.
Conrad Sangma, the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma, is at present Lok Sabha MP from Tura.
His sister Agatha Sangma has also won the Assembly polls from South Tura.

“I was preparing to go to Delhi for Parliament session tomorrow. But there are circumstances and so we will have to be here,” he said on Sunday.
The Congress with 21 members has emerged single largest party but is falling short of requisite numbers.
All other parties have backed the leadership of NPP, which has 19 seats.

While BJP won 2, NCP has 1, HSPDP has two seats and there are three Independents and one MLA belongs to a smaller party Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement. Election was countermanded to Williamnagar constituency
after NCP candidate was killed in a blast by suspected Garo militants.

Rijiju meets UDP chief: BJP leader Kiren Rijiju met UDP president Donkupar Roy at his residence on Sunday to discuss the formation of a non-Congress Government in Meghalaya, under the leadership of the National People’s Party (NPP), which secured the second position in the State Assembly polls with 19 seats.
“We are not a big player here. We have come to express our support to the regional parties to form a non-Congress Government,” Rijiju told PTI after coming out of Roy’s residence here.

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the ruling Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the NPP, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur.
The Congress bagged 21 seats in the 60-member Assembly, eight less than the last elections.

The BJP, which drew a blank in the last elections, got two seats. The United Democratic Party (UDP) won six seats while its alliance partner the HSPDP won two seats. The People’s Democratic Front (PDF) bagged four seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and three Independents got one seat each. UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh said his party, too, has made it clear during the meeting that it favours a non-Congress Government in the State.

“We will be discussing Government formation with our alliance partners and members of the PDF and the KHNAM soon,” he said.
Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma had also met the UDP president earlier in the day to discuss alliance possibilities, he said.

Cong leaders meet Meghalaya Governor, stake claim to form Govt: AFTER emerging as the single largest party in Meghalaya, the Congress staked a claim to form a Government in the State at a meeting with Governor Ganga Prasad, officials and party leaders said on Sunday.

A delegation of three Congress leaders — Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and CP Joshi — met the Governor at 7 pm on Saturday night, they said. “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 told PTI.