Who will rule Meghalaya? Government formation still unclear
By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong March 03, 2018:
As the people of the state waits anxiously for the big announcement, the ball now lies in the court of the smaller parties — HSPDP, PDF, KHNAM and independent candidates. They will ultimately play an important role in deciding the fate of politics in Meghalaya.
While the situation is still unclear, opinions and views from different political parties will to some extend help in drawing a rough sketch of the possible outcome.
The National People's Party (NPP) still backs the formation of the non-Congress Government while the Congress is still undecided whether to stake claim for formation of the new Government after emerging as the single largest party.
"Right from the start, we have made it very clear that we are in favour for the formation of the non-Congress Government," NPP leader and party MLA from Pynursla, Prestone Tynsong told TNT-The Northeast Today here today.
He said that the party is ready to work with all like-minded parties that want to see a non-Congress Government in the State.
"All the party MLAs will first meet before initiating the process of forming the Government," Tynsong said.
When asked if he is ready to work with the BJP, he said "Why only the BJP? The party is ready to work with the regional forces and the independents in order to provide a stable government for the people of the State."
Replying to question whether he is still the Chief Ministerial candidate of the party, he said that the MLAs of the party will elect the Parliamentary Party leader who will ultimately become the Chief Minister if the NPP is able to form the Government.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh said that it now depends on the NPP for the formation of the next government.
"The BJP will also back the move to form the non-Congress Government in Meghalaya," Lyngdoh said.
Moreover, UDP vice president Allantry F Dkhar said that the party is yet to discuss whether they would be part and parcel on the formation of the non-Congress Government.
"We will deliberate on the matter in details once the elected MLAs of the party returns from their respective constituencies," Dkhar said.
The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) working president Vincent H Pala, on the other hand, had said that the party is waiting for the arrival of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma from Garo Hills.
"The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) consisting of the newly elected MLAs of the party will first elect a new CLP leader. We would then decide on the future course of action with regards to the formation of the Government," he said.
When asked if he is happy with the party performance in this election, Pala said that the party had expected to win more seats and finally ended up with 21 seats.
He said that there are few seats where the party candidates lost by a narrow margin.