Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma submits resignation to governor in Shillong

Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath would land in Shillong post noon and will hold discussions with party leaders including outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma

I met Governor& I have indicated that I will come back with letters of support from like-minded people. They are also likely to be backed by PA Sangma-founded National People's Party (NPP) besides the lone Independent.

NPP, which won two seats short of the Congress's tally, would also attempt to seek support from regional parties in a bid to form a government. As per the available trends for Meghalaya, the Congress won nine seats and was leading in 11 others, the NPP has won three seats and was leading in 16 seats, the BJP was leading in two seats and smaller parties and independents won six seats and leading in 12 others. "Running a coalition government is never easy, but I am confident that the MLAs who are with us are very committed to the state and people, and will work towards their development".

The task is cut out for Congress leaders - make swift moves to win support and avoid a repeat of Manipur and Goa, where the BJP formed the government with regional outfits despite the Congress emerging as the single-largest party. UDP president and RDA chairman Donkupar Roy earlier told reporters that his party agreed to lend support to the NPP, which secured 19 seats in the Assembly polls, on the condition that Conrad Sangma will be the chief minister once the NPP-led alliance forms the government.

With no single party crossing the halfway mark, the state is headed for a hung Assembly.

Among Congress stalwarts who have lost are former chief minister Salseng C. Marak, defeated by former deputy chief minister and NPP candidate Timothy D. Shira at Resubelpara.

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Today, MLAs from NPP led by Conrad and from United Democratic Party (UDP), BJP and HSPDP met Governor Prasad at the Governor House in Shillong to discuss the possibility of forming a government in the state.

While the NPP secured 19 seats in the polls, the ruling Congress could manage to secure only 21 seats.

In an indication of defeat, three senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath and Mukul Wasnik left Shillong in the afternoon.

Outgoing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had contested and won the elections from two seats.

The BJP with a tally of 35 seats won the majority on its own, while its alliance partner the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) bagged eight seats, according to the Election Commission (EC) sources.

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