Meghalaya Election Results: Congress Leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath and BJP Leader Himanta Bishwa Sarma Rush To Shillong

| March 3 , 2018 , 16:22 IST

BJP sent Himanta Biswa Sarma the man who is responsible for the emergence of BJP in Northeast politics to Shillong on Saturday in order to form a government of alliances in Meghayala.  

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav made the announcement of Sarma's departure in Agartala.

Sarma left The Congress and joined the BJP in 2015, and swung a massive victory in Assam for the party.

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On the other hand, senior leaders of the Congress Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath also left for Shillong to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya to form a government there.

As per the reports, Patel and Nath will hold discussions with party leaders in Meghalaya, including outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangam.

Both Patel and Nath were expected to ensure that the Congress does not lose any chance of forming a government in the state, unlike Manipur and Goa where the party could not form a government despite emerging as the single largest party. 

In a statement, Ahmed Patel said, "We are confident of forming govt in Meghalaya. We are not going to involve in horse-trading but I can’t say anything about BJP."

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The Congress currently rules Meghalaya and is set to emerge as the single largest party in the state, according to trends available for most of the seats in the state.

As per the Election Commission report, The Congress is leading in 21 seats while the National People's Party is ahead in 14 and the BJP in six.

While NPP is a member of the North Eastern Democratic Alliance led by the BJP, it chose to contest elections solo citing local conditions.

Polling for 59 seats of the 60-member assembly was held on February 27.