"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation". Even the presence of top Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel, C.P. Joshi and Kamal Nath was no match to Sarma's expertise; ironically, Sarma is a former Congressman himself.
Extending his best wishes for the new chief minister, Mukul Sangma expressed hope that the new administration would be able to come up to the people expectations of the people. With 19 seats in the assembly, two less than the main opposition, the Congress, in a House of 60, his National People's Party (NPP) is dependent on three other regional groups, and the BJP, to run the government.
The task was the first tightrope walk for the young CM who is heading a six-party coalition government.
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The BJP will form its government along with its ally the National People's Party (NPP) together in Meghalaya, though the Congress won the largest number of seats.
He returned to electoral politics in 2016, when the Tura Lok Sabha seat fell vacant following the sudden death of his father due to a heart attack. While still a mere 2 seats, the BJP has found adobe in the making of government. On Saturday, Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate. where the Congress party retained its hold with 21 seats, while the NPP bagged 19 seats. After night-long negotiations, NPP and BJP managed to win over legislators from three regional parties and an independent.
"We feel embarrassed as we were not consulted while the decision was taken to elect the chief minister of the state", he said. "It is the job of the alliance to decide who should lead the government", he said.