In a massive development in Meghalaya following Saturday's North East election results, the UDP has extended its support to the NPP in order to form a government in the state.
The Congress had emerged the single largest party in the Meghalaya elections, bagging 21 seats in the 60-member assembly. The Conrad Sangma-led NPP, however, had finished a close second with 19 seats, while the UDP had bagged 6 seats. Together, the pair's anti-Congress alliance has 25 seats, 27 if the BJP's 2 are added
HSPDP - 2 seats
IND - 3
KHNAM - 1
Others - 1
PDF - 1
On Saturday, Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel had rushed to Shillong to attempt a continuation of a Congress-run government in Meghalaya. They had said they would go to the Governor to lay claim to forming a government. Later, Congress leader Mukul Wasnik had been photographed holding a document that had electoral equations scribbled underneath. The UDP's six seats featured prominently.
Accordingly, on Sunday, the Congress staked its claim to form a government in Meghalaya. CP Joshi and Vincent Pala met the Meghalaya Governor and handed him a letter which read, “Congress has become the single largest party in state (Meghalaya) and constitutional propriety dictates that Congress be invited to form the government at the earliest. Majority would be proven on the floor of the House at the date and time decided.”
Ahmed Patel had said on Saturday that it wouldn't be a re-run of the Manipur elections where the Congress wasn't able to form a government despite emerging the single-largest party.