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NCP stakes claim in Meghalaya

In a new political twist, the NCP legislature party leader staked claim to form the govt in Meghalaya.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2003 19:16 IST

In a new political twist, the NCP legislature party leader E D Marak on Monday staked claim to form the government in Meghalaya.

Marak, who was elected leader of NCP legislature party late Sunday night, accompanied by NCP state unit president Robert Kharsiing met Governor M M Jacob and staked the claim.
Marak did not comment when asked about the number of MLAs supporting him and the parties they belong to.

NCP had bagged the second largest number of 14 out of 60 seats in the February 26 state assembly elections in Meghalaya.

CLP leader D D Lapang had submitted a list of 38 MLAs to the Governor on Sunday night and staked claim to form the government.

Jacob will inform Lapang about his decision on the government formation later on Monday. Congress, which has clinched 22 seats in the polls, has submitted a list claiming the support of UDP (9), MDP (4) and Independents (3).

Khun Hyniewtrep National Awkening Movement, which has won two seats, also decided to join the Congress combine at a meeting late Sunday night.

First Published: Mar 03, 2003 12:14 IST