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NPP will form govt in Meghalaya with the help of others: Conrad Sangma

Conrad Sangma said his party would be able to form the next government with the help of other like-minded parties.

Meghalaya Elections 2018 Updated: Mar 03, 2018 16:32 IST
PTI, Shillong
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Khasi tribal people stand in a queue to cast their votes during the Meghalaya state assembly election in Nongpoh.(AP File Photo)

The National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday exuded confidence that the party would form the next government in Meghalaya saying the people of the Northeastern state were looking for a change.

As the results for the February 27 elections indicated a hung house for the 60-member Meghalaya assembly, NPP president Conrad Sangma said his party would be able to form the next government with the help of other like-minded parties.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government. People are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and looking for a change,” he told PTI.

Sangma, son of veteran leader late PA Sangma, said results were still coming but the NPP will be in a position to form the government with the help of other parties.

Elections to 60-member Meghalaya Assembly were held on February 27.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi with Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma during an event ahead of state assembly elections, in Shillong. (PTI File Photo)

As per the available trends for Meghalaya, the Congress was leading in 22 others, while the NPP was ahead in 16 seats. The BJP was leading in four seats, and smaller parties and independents were advancing in the remaining constituencies.

After the assembly elections last year threw hung verdicts in Manipur and Goa, the BJP was able to form the governments there with the help of smaller parties and independents.

Facing similar situation, the BJP has asked Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to rush to Meghalaya for holding talks with smaller parties and independents.

The Congress has also rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to Shillong.

The Congress has been in power in Meghalaya since 2003 while the incumbent chief minister Mukul Sangma has been in the helm of affairs since 2010.

First Published: Mar 03, 2018 14:51 IST