NEW DELHI:Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018, on Sunday staked claimed to form the government.
According to sources, the party wrote a letter to Governor Ganga Prasad to stake the claim on power in the state.
Another media report suggested the party leadership met the governor late last night and said they are single largest party to get votes and that they should be invited to form a government at the earliest.
Voters had returned a hung assembly in Meghalaya on Saturday. Congress emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats, down from 28 from last assembly polls, Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) won 19 seats, while UDP managed to secure six seats.
With alliances elsewhere in the country and at Centre, NPP and UDP are more likley to join hands with BJP and each other to form a non-Congress government in the state.
The BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma and Alphons Kannanthanam are likely to meet the governor at 1 pm today for a courtesy call.
The reports say that Congress leadership had also paid a visit to Governor Ganga Prasad late last night, staking claim to form the government.
We met the governor and told him that we should be given the first shot at forming a govt. There are clear guidelines in place that say that the single largest party should be called first: Kamal Nath to media. “Associates have assured support in the last one hour. The BJP is out of the fray, they are trying to create mischief,” said Kamal Nath.