Meghalaya election results: Led by Conrad Sangma’s NPP, the BJP brought together regional parties UDP, HSPDP and the PDF and met the Governor to stake claim to form the next government, claiming the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member House.
Of the 10 seats the party could retain this time, the party witnessed a decrease in victory margin in four — Umroi, Nongpoh, Rangsakona and Ampati. It recorded a rise in victory margin in East Shillong, Mawsynram, Ranikor, Selsella, Mahendraganj and Salmanpara.
National People's Party's Conrad Sangma met Meghalaya governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday to stake claim to form the new government in Meghalaya. BJP's northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma who arrived in support of Sangma said that Sangma will be the next CM of Meghalaya
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.
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.
Meghalaya election results 2018, full list of winners: Meghalaya chief minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma won from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies.
"We are seeing a revolutionary verdict. It is a historic verdict," said Ram Madhav.
The polls in Meghalaya was held on February 27, which registered 75 per cent polling. The ruling Congress in its previous campaign in 2013 had booked 29 seats restricting BJP from opening their account in the state. The party has been in power in Meghalaya for 10 years.
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 result 2018: The election in the north eastern state is crucial for the BJP which is campaigning intensely to make way in the north east.
Election was countermanded in Williamnagar constituency following the death of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in a militant attack on February 18.
In a letter forwarded to the state election department, BJP alleged that a woman radio jockey (RJ) of the channel urged listeners to refrain from voting for any "anti-christian party".
The BJP, which has put in its best effort ever to capture the hill state, did not go for a pre-poll alliance, as it did with regional parties in Assam and Manipur in the last two years, or as it has done in Nagaland.
Some voters share their names with countries and places, too. The rolls include Damascus, Italy, Mysore, England, Japan, and of course Meghalaya.
Meghalaya and Nagaland witnessed a high-decibel campaign for the polls that came to an end last evening. The counting of votes in the two states, along with that of Tripura, will be held on March 3.
There are 370 candidates in the fray in Meghalaya, including 32 women; 18.4 lakh citizens are eligible to vote at 3,083 polling stations.
"The present government in Meghalaya actually got performances to point to and it can turn to the voters and seek rewards for our performances,” Tharoor said.
Making a strong pitch in both the states, PM Modi said organic farming has a big market globally and the entire Northeast has immense potential for it. Both states will go on polls on February 27 and results will be announced on March 3.
Pahamrioh is a village with about 300 families, most of whom had migrated from near Sohra (new name for Cherrapunji) about 60 years ago at the instance of Rev J J M NicholsRoy, one of the founding fathers of present-day Meghalaya.
The chief minister Mukul Sangma claimed that it was due to the state government's effort that a Special Force was formed, wherein over 1,700 personnel were recruited to tackle insurgency and maintain law and order in the state.
Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya LIVE UPDATES: This is Congress chief's second visit to the state, before it goes to polls on February 27. The results will be announced on March 3.
There are around 1 lakh new voters in Meghalaya in this election slated for February 27. Of them, around 45,000 are first-time voters in the age group 18-19.
The senior BJP leader, who started his speeches in the local language and ended in it too, said his party would ensure proper health facilities throughout the state if it came to power.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma announced the death of Jonathone Nengminza Sangma (43) on Twitter. But state DGP S B Singh told The Indian Express there was no confirmation that the candidate had died.
Smriti Irani's rallies, part of BJP's campaign for the upcoming Assembly polls in Meghalaya, were held a day after BJP president Amit Shah promised that the state would be a model state in five years.