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UDP and NPP to form govt in Meghalaya

Posted on Feb 05, 02:56PM | UNI

Shillong, Feb 4 : Countering the Congress' claim to form the new government on its own in Meghalaya, the opposition National People's Party (NPP) today claimed that they would form the government with like-minded parties.

The United Democratic Party (UDP), a key ally in the outgoing Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government, vowed that they would ensure that the Congress sits in the opposition and played a constructive role in Assembly.

'No party will come out successfully to become a single largest party in the state and no party will even get a one- third majority in the House,' NPP leader Conrad K Sangma told reporters said.

"Meghalaya will continue with its age-old coalition politics in the forthcoming elections too. We have already come to an understanding with those like-minded parties for forming the new government," the NPP legislator, who is seeking re-election from Selsella assembly constituency, said.

On the other hand, Deputy Chief Minister and UDP leader Bindo M Lanong also exuded confidence that his party will form the new government with like minded parties sans Congress.

"Mark my word on the counting day, we (UDP) will win not less than 20 seats and we might reach upto 26 mark," Mr Lanong told reporters after filing his nominations here on Monday, the fifth day of submission of nomination of candidates.

He said "the UDP is sure to win as many as four out of five seats from Ri-Bhoi district, as many as four out of seven seats from Shillong city, four out of seven from Jaintia Hills and a total of eight combined seats from East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills besides six seats from Garo Hills, the heartland of NPP founder Purno A Sangma."

Meghalaya has 60 assembly seats with 36 in Khasi Jaintia Hills and 24 seats in Garo Hills.