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Meghalaya assembly elections 2018: NPP-led alliance all set to form govt

Meghalaya assembly elections 2018: NPP-led alliance all set to form govt

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma is also the youngest son of former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma.

"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation. We will work on a common agenda", Sangma told reporters outside the Raj Bhavan in Shillong on Sunday, when asked about the challenges of forming a coalition government, reported PTI.

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He also questioned the choice of Mr Sangma as the next chief minister when even the NPP had projected another leader, Prestone Tynsong, as the party's presumptive chief minister.

Agatha, 37, said she is happy that Meghalaya will be now ruled by an able administrator like Conrad and assured the people of good governance, which she claimed was so far lacking in the state. According to the results of the Meghalaya State Assembly polls declared on March 3, the Congress party had retained its hold with 21 seats whereas the NPP won 19 seats. But if NPP had made pre-poll alliances, it could have consolidated anti-incumbency against Congress. It is now in power in Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh and is going to form governments in Tripura, Nagaland and perhaps Meghalaya. Congress leader Mukul Sangma, who was chief minister for eight years, submitted his resignation to the governor and taunted the BJP for attempting to form the government with just two members. "We are there to facilitate and we are doing that to ensure that there is a non-Congress government in Meghalaya", said Sarma. He is now Member of parliament, Lok Sabha from Tura Parliamentary constituency. Congress emerged as the largest single party in the Meghalaya elections, but like Goa, Congress would have to warm the opposition. After night-long negotiations, NPP and BJP managed to win over legislators from three regional parties and an independent.

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He said the swearing-in of the new ministers would take place on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister allotted Water Resources, Tourism, Excise and Home Guards and Civil Defence to senior United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator Metbah Lyngdoh. However, they had no support from regional parties - the latter are supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, that the NDPP-BJP alliance has secured near simple majority in Nagaland.

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