Meghalaya Election Results 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Congress to hold meeting to select legislature party leader

Here are the LIVE UPDATES on Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018: The BJP has sent its key Northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma to Shillong. The Congress, on its part, rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath.

Meghalaya Election Results 2018 LIVE Updates: Meghalaya Assembly election Result 2018 live updates: Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies.

Even as Meghalaya threw up a hung Assembly, the Congress, which won 21 seats, has decided to hold a meeting at 11 am on Sunday for electing Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader. The Congress’ tally was down from 29 in 2013, falling 10 short of a simple majority. Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party took giant strides, winning 19 seats. Both parties were making hectic efforts to rope in smaller parties and Independents to form the government. Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma won from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies. Sangma, has been the CM since 2010, retained Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul Ch Hajong by over 6,000 votes.

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While both the Congress and NPP expressed confidence about being able to form the government, the BJP, even though it won only two of the 47 seats it contested in the Christian-dominated state, sent its key Northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma to Shillong. The Congress, on its part, rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath, Mukul Wasnik, and AICC general secretary in charge of the Northeast C P Joshi, to Shillong. A Nationalist Congress Party candidate was killed in Meghalaya, which resulted in countermanding of the polls in one seat.

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LIVE UPDATES of Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018 below

  1. 12:48PM
    04 Mar, 18
    NPP meeting of MLAs begins

    National People's Party MLAs meeting begins. Party president Conrad K Sangma says the picture on government formation will be clear within an hour. "We'll take a decision in the meeting. Have spoken to like-minded parties. They are also having their meetings, picture will be clear in an hour or two," Sangma said. The NPP has won 19 seats.

  2. 10:27AM
    04 Mar, 18
    Congress to hold meeting at 11 am to select legislature party leader

    Welcome to our Meghalaya elections live blog. With no party getting a clear majority, there will be hectic lobbyingamong parties to cobble up a coalition to form the next government. Congress, which won 21 seats, has decided to hold a meeting at 11 am on Sunday for electing Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, while BJP has sent its key Northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma to Shillong.

  3. 9:51PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Himanta Biswa Sarma says BJP can't form govt on its own in Meghalaya

    BJP can't form govt on its own in Meghalaya. It'll have to do be done by regional political parties. BJP will play role of facilitator and not a direct role because we don't have the numbers. I believe parties will come together to form a non-Congress govt, said Himanta Biswa Sarma.

  4. 6:20PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Kamal Nath says it is clear that we will form the government

    The Congress has rushed two senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to the state to explore the possibility of forming the government. Patel said there would no repetition of Manipur and Goa. Nath said, "It is clear that we will form the government. The will of the people of Meghalaya will be reflected in our Congress government." "We are in touch with everybody. Everybody is in touch with us," he said, adding that "we will stake claim tonight". Nath alleged the BJP is trying to use "money power to cause as much disturbance as possible".

  5. 6:18PM
    03 Mar, 18

    The Congress had no pre-poll arrangement with any party. The BJP, which made a serious bid to dethrone the 10-year-old Mukul Sangma government, also had no seat-sharing arrangement with any party. However, the NPP is an ally of the saffron party at the Centre and in Manipur. All eyes are now on the regional parties and independent candidates. The United Democratic Party (UDP) has won six seats followed by the People's Democratic Front (PDF) with four and the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP)with two. The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and the Nationalist Congress Party won one seat each. The UDF and the HSPDP have a pre-polls alliance. Independent candidates won three seats.

  6. 6:17PM
    03 Mar, 18

    Meghalaya threw up a hung Assembly today with the ruling Congress emerging as the single largest party after winning 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls last month. The National People's Party (NPP) was at the second position with 19 seats, according the results, . The BJP, which contested 47 seats, could win only two.

  7. 5:13PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Meghalaya elects a hung Assembly

    Meghalaya elects a hung Assembly with ruling Congress emerging as single largest party with 21 seats: EC.

  8. 5:09PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Where is the question of 'tod-phod' (horse-trading), Congress does not have a majority in Meghalaya, says Amit Shah

    Meghalaya appeared set to have a hung Assembly. Amit Shah ruled out the possibility of the BJP, whose NDA partner National People's Party has won 18 seats, engaging in horse-trading in Meghalaya. The two NDA allies had, however, contested the elections separately. BJP has won two seats in the state where the Congress has won 20 seats so far. "Where is the question of 'tod-phod' (horse-trading). The Congress does not have a majority there," Shah said.

  9. 4:54PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Results of 52 constituencies out with Congress winning 19 seats

    Results for 52 constituencies in Meghalaya have been declared. Till now, Congress has won 19  seats, BJP 2 and NPP has won 16 seats. Hill State People's Democratic Party has won in two constituencies.  United Democratic Party has won in 6 constituencies. Independents candidates have won two seats and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement has won only one seat till now, according to the Election Commission.

  10. 4:28PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Out of 59, results of 41 seats have been declared

    Out of 59, results of 41 seats have been declared with Congress winning 15 seats, National People's Party 10, United Democratic Party, and BJP with 2 seats.

  11. 4:16PM
    03 Mar, 18

    After the Assembly elections in Manipur and Goa threw hung verdicts last year, the BJP was able to form governments there with the help of smaller parties and Independents. Facing a similar situation, the BJP has asked Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to rush to Meghalaya for holding talks with smaller parties and Independents. The Congress has also rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to Shillong.

  12. 3:43PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Results declared in 34 constituencies

    Results for 34 constituencies in Meghalaya have been declared. Till now, Congress has won 13  seats, BJP 2 and NPP has won 7 seats. Hill State People's Democratic Party has won in two constituencies.  United Democratic Party has won in five constituencies. Independents candidates win in two constituencies and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement has won only one seat till now, according to the Election Commission.

  13. 3:32PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Will keep cards close to chest: Mukul Sangma on forming next govt

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said the election results were not on expected lines and he would keep his cards close to his chest with regard to the Congress forming government in the state. "The results were not on expected lines, but I am still looking forward," PTI quoted Sangma as saying. Sangma's comments came as the trends suggested Meghalaya was heading for a hung Assembly.

  14. 2:58PM
    03 Mar, 18
    NPP hopeful of forming government in Meghalaya

    After winning 16 seats in Meghalaya, National People's Party president Conrad Sangma said that the party will form the next government in Meghalaya saying the people of the Northeastern state were looking for a change."We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government. People are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and looking for a change," said Sangma, son of veteran leader late P A Sangma

  15. 2:42PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Results declared in 26 constituencies, congress continues to lead with 23 seats

    In Mahendraganj, DIkkanchi Shira of Congress defeats BJP candidate Premchanda Koch. In South Shillong, BJP candidate Sanbor Shullai defeats Congress candidate Manas Chowdhary

  16. 2:22PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Meghalaya Assembly Speaker lost to NPP

    In Phulbari, Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and Congress candidate Abu Taher Mondal lost to National People's Party's (NPP) S G Esmatur Mominin by over 2000 votes.NPP spokesperson James K Sangma retained his Dadenggreseat defeating his nearest Independent rival Rupa M Marak by over 1000 votes.

    NPP spokesperson James K Sangma retained his Dadenggreseat defeating his nearest Independent rival Rupa M Marak by over 1000 votes.

    Meghalaya Roads Minister and Congress candidate MartinD Danggo won from Ranikor seat defeating his nearest UDF rival Pius Marwein by over 1500 votes.

  17. 2:10PM
    03 Mar, 18

    For the 23 seats in Garo hills, Twelve seats have been won by NPP, 9 by INC, 1 by NCP and 1 independent.

  18. 2:00PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Congress wins nine constituencies, BJP trails

    Results for 18 constituencies have been declared. According to Election commission, nine constituencies have been won by Congress. Hill State People's Democratic Party has won in one constituency. National People's front wins three seats whereas United Democratic Party has won in two constituencies. Independents candidates win in two constituencies and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement opens an account in one constituency.

    Meanwhile, the BJP, which had launched an aggressive campaign in the state with its top leaders like Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh camping in the state, followed by regular rallies from Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trailing so far.

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  19. 1:26PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Election results in the following constituencies have been declared

    Congress has won in nine constituencies. In East Shillong- Congress wins defeating BJP. In Mairang - United Democratic Party defeats People's Democratic Front. In Mawphlang- Independent candidate Syntar Sunn defeats Congress. In Mawryngkneng- Congress defeats People's Democratic Front by 3763 votes. In Mawshynrut - National People's Party wins over HSPDP.

    Meanwhile, in Mawthadraishan- United Democratic Party wins by 1829 votes. Nongkrem- Independent candidate Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit wins by 76 votes. In Rambrai Jyrngam- Congress wins by 3803 votes defeating Hill State People's Democratic Party. In Sohiong-  HSPDP wins defeating ruling Congress. In  West Shillong- Congress wins by majority votes defeating United Democratic Party.   

    Ampati and Songsak constituencies is won by CM Mukul Sangma

  20. 1:02PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Results of nine constituencies declared

    Results of nine constituencies have been declared.  Three seats have been won by Congress. In Nongstoin, National People's Party (NPP) defeats Congress by a close 60 votes. NPP also wins in Rongjeng constituency by 550 votes. 

  21. 12:37PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Discussions on post-poll possibilities in Meghalaya

    The BJP incharge of Meghalaya, Nalin Kohli said in a quote to ANI, "In Meghalaya, the vote is basically against the Congress if you see the performance of other parties. Leaders will discuss if there can be a possibility of a post-poll alliance."

  22. 12:34PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Results declared in two more constituency

    Results are out for Nongkrem constituency. Lambor Malngiang won from independent party defeating Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit from HSPDP.  In Mawphlang Syntar Klas wins independently. Defeats Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem from Congress party

  23. 12:14PM
    03 Mar, 18
    CM Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies

    Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies. Sangma, who is the chief minister since 2010 retained Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul Ch Hajong by over 6,000 votes. The BJP was in the third position. The chief minister's wife Dikkanchi D Shira also won from Mahendraganj seat defeating her nearest BJP rival Premananda Koch by over 6,000 votes, the sources said. 

    Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement wins in North Shillong. Adelbert Nongrum defeats Antonius Lyngdoh of trailing BJP.  

  24. 12:07PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Divided result possible in Meghalaya

    " In Meghalaya, a divided result is a possibility, we will see that a non-Congress Govt is formed there. Himanta Biswa Sarma ji is leaving for Meghalaya shortly," says Ram Madhav, General secretary BJP. 

  25. 12:04PM
    03 Mar, 18

    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.

  26. 11:49AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Hill State People's Democratic party wins in Sohiong constituency

    Regional party Hill State People's Democratic party wins in Sohiong by trailing congress. Samlin Malgiang won by 622 votes. Results declared in Mawthadraishan constituency as well, United Democratic Party candidate Brolding Nongsiej beats HSPDP candidate Biolinda Nonglait by 1829 votes.  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. 

    United Democratic Party candidate Metbah Lyngdoh wins in Mairang constituency defeating Councellor Singh Wahlang from People's Democratic Front. 

  27. 11:41AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Congress takes upper hand

    After three hours of voting, Congress maintains a comfortable lead in Meghalaya with 28 seats on its side.  NPP is closely following by winning 13 seats and BJP secured two more by winning eight seats in total for now 

  28. 11:37AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Peformance in Meghalaya historic, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath

    "BJP is all set for a historic win in Tripura, I would like to congratulate PM Modi, Amit Shah ji and our party workers. Even our performance in Nagaland and Meghalaya is historic. Important day in Indian politics," says Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

  29. 11:16AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Congress takes lead in West Shillong

    Congress is leading in west Shillong by 2050 votes. Mohendro Rapsang is the Congress candidate for West Shillong. In North Shillong, J. Antonius Lyngdoh from BJP is winning by 875 votes. Meanwhile in South Shillong Sanbor Shullai is comfortably ahead by 4017 votes. Rival Manas Chaudhari from Congress has got 3950 votes.  

  30. 11:10AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Congress leads in Nongthymmai constituency

    Charles Pyngrope of Congress has got 3677 votes in Nongthymmai constituency in Meghalaya. His rival Dr Jemino Mawthoh of United Democratic Party is close behind with 3472 votes. 

  31. 10:53AM
    03 Mar, 18

    BJP,  this time is fighting the election alone, despite its history of partnering with regional parties in the Assam and Manipur elections in 2016 and 2017. The National People’s Party (NPP), founded by former Lok Sabha Speaker late Purno A Sangma in 2013, which is an ally of the BJP at the Centre, is also fighting alone and has fielded 52 candidates against 60 of the Congress. The BJP, which is optimistic about winning a majority, has fielded candidates in only 47 of the 60 constituencies.

  32. 10:35AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is leading in Songsak constituency

    Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is leading in Songsak constituency. He is also contesting in Ampati seat.While the United Democratic Party (UDP) is leading in five, the People's Democratic Front (PDF) is leading in four. Both the BJP and Independents are leading in three constituencies.

    " The trends in all three states point to a new political direction, it will have an effect on national politics as well. We are confident of forming Govt in all three, " Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home.  

  33. 10:24AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Fresh counting for Meghalaya

    The leading Congress has gone down by three seats whereas both NPP and BJP are leading in one more seat. The other parties stay constant with 14 seats. 

  34. 10:10AM
    03 Mar, 18

    Two hours into counting,  Congress is steadily leading Meghalaya. BJP  and NPP stay constant at five and eleven seats respectively. 

  35. 9:59AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Will Modi magic work in Meghalaya?  

    Commenting on the early trends BJP leader Ram Madhav said, "Congress is trailing in Meghalaya. BJP  in Tripura is going to do very well. In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well. The three results of North East are going to be very good for BJP." 

    The BJP has focused on the Congress government’s alleged failure to create jobs, bring investments, provide adequate healthcare and education and tackle crimes against women. 

    On Sunday, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to strengthen the RSS base in Christian-dominated states like Meghalaya. “They want to implement one idea, of Hindutva. Look at the situation in Kashmir. The same thing will happen here in the Northeast in the coming days if same policy continues,” Azad said.

  36. 9:50AM
    03 Mar, 18

    A party would need 31 seats to get a clear majority of total 60 seats. So far the Congress is leading by 18 seats. The NPP is within sniffing distance with 13. The other parties are ahead of BJP with 11 seats. The BJP is lagging behind by leading in only three seats. 

  37. 9:44AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Congress takes lead

    Trends show that Congress is taking a major lead in Meghalaya by winning in 18 seats.  According to Election commission, Chief Minister Mukul Sanga is leading in Songsak seat. The Congress is also leading in Rambrai-Jyrngam and Baghmara seats. 

  38. 9:36AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Here is a break up of other parties in Meghalaya.

    United Democratic Party (UDP)- The UDP he UDP had secured the second spot with 8 seats in the 2013 assembly election. This time, the UDP has forged pre-poll alliances with regional parties Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Garo National Council(GNC).

    GARO national Council- Garo Hills region, which has 24 seats, six constituencies have been allotted to the GNC. GNC president Kalpana D Sangma has said she expects her party to win at least five of the six seats in the three districts of South Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills and West Garo Hills.

    Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM): The regional party is contesting ten seats. It said that would support any party that wins maximum number of seats on conditions that issues identified by it in the state get addressed. 

    The People’s Democratic Front (PDF): The PDF is the fifth regional political party to be launched in Meghalaya.

  39. 9:28AM
    03 Mar, 18
    Others

    While major parties like Congress, NPP and BJP are closely following up seats. The other parties of Meghalaya are taking a lead in 13 seats.