NPP emerge as largest party; Conrad Sangma to take oath as Meghalaya CM on March 7
As three of the northeastern states viz. Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland went for state assembly polls on February this year, counting of the votes took place on March 2 simultaneously for all three states.
Meghalaya which went on polls on February 27 this year is likely to get a coalition government as no party could secure enough seats to cross a majority mark. Incumbent Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party emerged as the largest party winning 26 out of 59 contested assembly seats but could not manage to cross the majority mark. The party had earlier decided to contest the election alone partying ways with it’s allies from the previous government. However, CM Sangma is all set to continue as CM as BJP and other allies has extended their support towards him. Reports suggest that he will take oath of the office on March 7 where PM Modi is likely to attend the ceremony.
In a heavily contested election All India Trinamool Congress won 5 seats, Bharatiya Janata 2, Hill State People’s Democratic Party won 2, Independents won 2, Indian National Congress won 5, People’s Democratic Front won 2, United Democratic Party won 11 and Voice of the People Party won 4 seats in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.