BJP cannot be counted out of the hill state of Meghalaya as well, where Congress is the largest political party but seemingly powerless and losing its ground.
The Hush Post: Saffron has made quiet inroads into Meghalaya as well. It seems, Meghalaya too is seemingly slipping out of the hands of Congress. By Sunday afternoon, the United Democratic Party gave its support to the National People’s Party. NPP won 19 seats and also has support of the BJP. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and the BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma immediately rushed to meet Dr Donkupar Roy, president UDP, whose 6 MLAs are going to be crucial for any coalition to form the government in the hill state.
It is being learnt that Sangma requested the UDP president to change their stand on support to the NPP which is part of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the centre. NPP contested the assembly election on their own but its claim to the seat of power is getting the active BJP support only to keep the Congress out.
After Sangma left, Himanta Biswa Sarma, of the BJP was in a one-on-one meeting with Dr Roy.
Seeing the outcome and fearing the worst, the Congress had offered support to regional parties such as the UDP to form the next government with outside support from the Congress. Congress had emerged as the single largest unit in these election but fell short of 10 seats to claim majority.
The UDP seems to have decided to clear the road for the NPP. Son of the former LS Speaker Purno Sangma, Conrad Sangma’s NPP with its 19 members will visit the Governor at 5 pm to stake his claim.
In a house of 59, due to one death, and subsequent cancellation of polls there, the majority mark in this house is 30.
Congress which has ruled the state for 10 years with Mukul Sangma at the helm, seems to be on its way out. The party won 28 seats in the 2013 polls now they are down to 21, nine short of majority.