Conrad Sangma heads new 'non-Congress' Govt in Meghalaya

However, BJP president Amit Shah even made a veiled attack on the Congress leader and said elections are underway in Italy. Meghalaya is the second state, after Manipur and Goa, where the Congress has not been able to forge a post-polls alliance with any of the regional parties despite emerging as the largest single party.

Led by Sangma, the coalition leaders paid a called on Governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday and staked their claim to form the next government in Meghalaya.

"In Meghalaya, as BJP assumes power with just 2 MLA's, every discordant party that fought BJP & each other, ideologically-politically-electorally, is sewn up to form the Govt at any cost- NPP+UDP+PDF+HSDP+BJP+Ind".

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today said his cabinet ministers are expected to begin work from tomorrow once their portfolios are approved by the Governor.

Besides Sangma, four MLAs from NPP, three from UDP, two from PDF and one each from BJP and HSPDP.

"Tell tale signs of BJP's blind quest for power superseding the stability of region, propagation of democracy, nipping the sepratist tendencies & ignoring core issues of region are already visible".

The Congress's euphoria over recent by-poll victories may have been punctured after the party's dismal performance in the Northeast, but its leaders believe the results will have no bearing on Karnataka, which they are confident of holding on to.

Yesterday, Mallikarjun Kharge hit out at BJP claiming that Congress had worked hard in Meghalaya and secured more seats than BJP.

Outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma said, "I wish the new team my best wishes and I hope they do justice to the people and the state befitting to the expectations and aspirations of those who have given them the mandate". It is in speculation that BJP-NDPP combine may form a government with the help of smaller parties like NPP, JD (U) and an independent.

Tuesday's election was marred by a clash between supporters of the ruling Naga People's Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Zunheboto district, in which one person was shot dead and two persons injured.

However, the HSPDP had expressed its reservation to work with the NPP coalition, since the HSPDP's stand has been a non-Congress-non-BJP government.

  • Jon Douglas