FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, March 3: With Meghalaya throwing up a fractured mandate, political parties especially the major ones like the Congress and tiol People’s Party (NPP) are huddled up making strategies to cobble up the required number. In this situation, the regiol parties seem to be in a position of being the king-makers.
Now, with the BJP reduced to being an insignificant player with just two seats the Congress has a chance to stake its claim in forming the new Government.
“Had the BJP won more seats, it was sure that a non-Congress Government would have been formed in Meghalaya,” veteran jourlist Tilak Rai said.
According to Rai since the BJP maged only two seats the field is open even for the Congress.
Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma said that since it is a fractured mandate. Now it is a question of looking at people who would like to look at common agendas acceptable to the people of the State and come together.
Dr Sangma, when asked if the Congress had sent feelers to parties and Independents to form the Government, he said, “All parties have gone on their own and the regiol parties have not shown any pre-poll alliance either with the BJP or NPP.”
Traditiolly, regiol parties in the State aligned with the party who is in power at the Centre.
It also remains to be seen as to what role the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) plays in Government formation in the State.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the NPP are part of the BJP-led NEDA.
The UDP which had stitched a pre-poll alliance with the HSPDP won six out of the eight seats.
“The regiol alliance will be meeting this evening and decide the next course of action,” UDP leader Metbah Lyngdoh, who retained Mairang Assembly seat for the third consecutive term, said.