Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the National People's Party (NPP), an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur.
Meghalaya Election Results 2018: The Congress has rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath, Mukul Wasnik, and AICC general secretary in charge of the Northeast C P Joshi to Shillong to explore the possibility of forming the government.
The campaigns by both political parties, the Congress and the BJP, seemed particularly vitriolic. Voters wondered what the Congress had done for Meghalaya, despite being in power for eight years, but then asked themselves what the alternatives were.
"No political party or candidate or any other organisation or person shall publish any poll-related advertisement in the print media on 26th and 27th February," Election Commission Secretary Ajoy Kumar said.
Elections to the 60 assembly seats in Meghalaya will be held on February 27. BJP, which is looking to unseat the Congress which is in power for almost 15 years, is contesting in 47 seats. The Congress is contesting in all seats.
BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said: "They are trying to force these agendas and are spreading lies with regards to eating habits, but we have always said political parties don't decide what food people of an area have or what clothes they wear..."