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Congress wins 21 seats, while NPP secures victory in 19 seats as Meghalaya heads towards a hung assembly. Here are the latest updates and developments
Meghalaya is headed for a hung assembly as no party has managed to gain majority seats. The ruling Congress party has won 21 seats followed by National People’s Party with 19 seats. Other regional parties will play a big role in the government formation. The Congress has been in power in Meghalaya since 2003 and Sangma has been at the helm of affairs since 2010. Here are the latest updates and developments from Meghalaya election results:
03 Mar 2018, 06:30:00 PM IST
All results in, Congress wins 21 seats, hung assembly likely
Assembly elections in Meghalaya have thrown up a hung verdict on Saturday, making post-poll alliances crucial to government formation in the northeastern state. The Congress won 21 seats while the National People’s Party (NPP) bagged 19, according to the Election Commission.
03 Mar 2018, 06:00:00 PM IST
Union ministers at BJP headquarters, PM Modi to address shortly
Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari at BJP Headquarters where PM Modi will address shortly. pic.twitter.com/sKXgyiEJcL
Counting of votes has ended in Meghalaya and results for all 59 constituencies were declared. Congress won 21 seats, NPP gained 19, UDP 6, PDF got 4, BJP won 2, NCP and KHNAM got 1 each. Independent candidates got three seats. (PTI)
03 Mar 2018, 04:40:00 PM IST
Poll result trend point to Congress-mukt Bharat, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed the Assembly poll trend in three north eastern states, and said that the country is moving fast in the direction of becoming ‘Congress-mukt’. The poll outcome in the north eastern states will have serious repercussions in national politics, Prasad, also a senior BJP leader, said. ‘’The results that have come prove that Congress-mukt Bharat is not just a slogan but a reality. In Tripura and Nagaland, the party is headed for a complete washout,” Prasad told reporters. (PTI)
03 Mar 2018, 04:13:00 PM IST
Congress has clear majority in Meghalaya; will work in Tripura, Nagaland, says Ahmed Patel
We have a clear majority in Meghalaya. We have a setback in Tripura in Nagaland, we will have to work on that.: Ahmed Patel, Congress pic.twitter.com/RxxxB92TUZ
CM Mukul Sangma says election results were not on expected lines
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma Saturday 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. Sangma’s comments came as trends suggested Meghalaya was heading for a hung assembly.“The results were not on expected lines, but I am still looking forward,” he said. Asked if the Congress would be able to form government again in Meghalaya, Sangma said he would not like to reveal his party’s plan now. “I would like to keep my cards close to the chest,” he said.
03 Mar 2018, 03:39:00 PM IST
Kamal Nath says Congress has adequate numbers in Meghalaya
Congress leader Kamal Nath said his party has emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya and it has adequate numbers to form the government, reported NDTV. “BJP is out of the fray, they are trying to create mischief,” said the Congress leader. According to latest Election Commission data, Congress has won 13 seats and was ahead in eight seats.
03 Mar 2018, 02:23:00 PM IST
NPP to form govt in Meghalaya with help of others, says Conrad Sangma
The National People’s Party (NPP) exuded confidence that the party would form the next government in Meghalaya saying the people of the Northeastern state were looking for a change. As the results for the 27 February elections indicated a hung house for the 60-member Meghalaya assembly, NPP president Conrad Sangma said his party would be able to form the next government with the help of other like-minded parties. “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,” he told PTI. Sangma, son of veteran leader late P A Sangma, said results were still coming but the NPP will be in a position to form the government with the help of other parties.Congress has won 11 seats and was ahead in 9 seats, while NPP has bagged 4 seats and was leading in 15 seats, according to latest data from the Election Commission. UDP and HSPDP won 2 seats each, while BJP was leading in 2 constituencies.
03 Mar 2018, 01:37:00 PM IST
Congress wins 7 seats, ahead in 13 seats; NPP leads in 16
Congeress won seven seats and was leading in 13 seats, according to latest data available from the Election Commission. National People’s Party won three seats and was leading in 16 seats. UDP and PDF won two seats each. BJP was leading in two seats.
03 Mar 2018, 01:02:00 PM IST
Independent candidate Syntar Klas Sunn wins from Mawphlang
Meghalaya chief minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies, Election Commission sources said. Sangma, who is the chief minister since 2010, retained Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul Ch Hajong by over 6,000 votes. He also won from Songsak constituency defeating his nearest National People’s Party rival Nihim Shira by over 1,300 votes. The BJP was in the third position. The chief minister’s wife Dikkanchi Shira also won from Mahendraganj seat defeating her nearest BJP rival Premananda Koch by over 6,000 votes, the sources said. (PTI)
03 Mar 2018, 12:25:00 PM IST
Vote is against Congress in Meghalaya, says BJP’s Nalin Kohli
In #Meghalaya, the vote is basically against the Congress if you see the performance of other parties. Leaders will discuss if there can be possibility of a post poll alliance: Nalin Kohli,BJP Meghalaya incharge pic.twitter.com/zLjPIfGdyx
Meghalaya PWD minister wins from East Shillong constituency
Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh, Meghalaya PWD minister, has won from East Shillong constituency defeating her nearest BJP rival Neil Antonio War by over 5,000 votes. Meghalaya Home minister and Congress candidate H Donkupar R Lyngdoh lost to Hill State People’s Democratic Party contestant Samlin Malngiang by 622 votes. (PTI)
03 Mar 2018, 06:47:11 AM IST
Top Congress leaders leave for Meghalaya to explore govt formation possibilities
With election trends projecting that the Congress could emerge as the single-largest party in Meghalaya, the party rushed two senior leaders to the northeastern state to explore possibilities of forming a government. According to sources, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong this morning to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya to form a government there. Congress, which currently rules Meghalaya, was leading in 21 seats, emerging as the single largest party in the state, according to latest data from the Election Commission. (PTI)
03 Mar 2018, 11:55:00 AM IST
Ram Madhav says Himanta Biswa Sarma leaving for Meghalaya shortly
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: Ram Madhav,BJP pic.twitter.com/3f3KrBURWb
United Democratic Party registered first wins, with two candidates declared winners. In Mairang, Metbah Lyngdoh OF UDP won with 10,710 votes against Councellor Singh Wahlang of PDF with 7,796 votes. In mawthadraishan, UDP’s Brolding Nongsiej received 13,520 votes followed by Biolinda Nonglait of Hill State People’s Democratic Party with 11,691 votes. Also, Samlin Malngiang, candidate of Hill State People’s Democratic Party for Sohiong constituency, won by 622 votes. UDP heads a regional alliance in the state which includes the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Garo National Council (GNC).
03 Mar 2018, 11:33:00 AM IST
Samlin Malngiang of Hill State People’s Democratic Party wins from Sohiong
Samlin Malngiang, candidate of Hill State People’s Democratic Party for Sohiong constituency, won by 622 votes against Donkupar Lyngdoh of Congress, who received 11,338 votes.
03 Mar 2018, 11:07:00 AM IST
Congress leads in 21 seats, NPP in 11 seats, BJP, PDF ahead in 4
The Congress party was leading in 21 seats followed by NPP in 11 seats, according to vote counting data from the Election Commission. UDP was ahead in six seats, and BJP and PDF were ahead in four seats each. Independent candidates were also leading in three constituencies, according to latest Election Commission data. Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma, who has contested from two constituencies, was leading in Ampati with 5583 votes and in Songsak with 8931 votes. Dikkanchi Shira, wife of Mukul Sangma and Congress candidate from Mahendraganj constituency, was leading with 6863 votes.
03 Mar 2018, 10:14:00 AM IST
Congress leads in 12 seats, NPP ahead in 6
The Congress party was leading in 12 seats, showed early counting trends by the Election Commission. NPP was the second with 8 seats, while UDP and PDP were leading in four seats each. BJP was ahead in two seats. Mukul Sangma, current Meghalaya chief minister, was leading from Songsak constituency with 5,881 votes so far followed by Nihim Shira of NPP with 4508 votes.
03 Mar 2018, 09:35:00 AM IST
Early trend shows Congress, UDP leading
The Congress was leading in five seats, while the United Democratic Party was leading in two seats as per early trends available for the Meghlaya Assembly elections. Election Commission sources said Chief Minister Mukul Sanga was leading in Songsak seat. The Congress was also leading in Rambrai-Jyrngam and Baghmara seats. The UDP was leading in Mawthadraishan and Mairang seats. Polling for 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly was held on February 27. A Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was killed in an IED blast, which resulted in countermanding of the polls in one seat. (PTI)
Mukul Sangma, Congress leader and current chief minister of Meghalaya, is leading from Ampathi constituency, according to NDTV. Also, James Sangma of NPP is also ahead in early counting from Dedenggre. Early trend show Congress and NPP are leading with 11 seats each, with BJP ahead in two seats and others in 12, reports NDTV.
03 Mar 2018, 08:52:00 AM IST
People gather at Shillong Polo ground as counting begins
People have gathered at Shllong Polo ground to watch early counting trends on a projector.
Counting of votes has begun in Meghalaya, which went to polls on 27 February. Early trend shows Congress leading with three seats, NPP and BJP with one seat each and others with four seats, according to NDTV.
75% voter turnout recorded in Meghalaya elections, polling peaceful
Polling for Meghalaya elections recorded a 75% voter turnout on Tuesday. Voting for largely peaceful, said chief electoral officer F.R. Kharkongor. The election office is awaiting data to be received from remote places in the Garo Hills and East Jaintia Hills districts, he said. “Over 13.5 lakh of the 18.09 lakh voters in Meghalaya have cast their votes. This means around 74.62% polling was recorded,” he said. The final figure could go up after the data of the far flung areas are added.
03 Mar 2018, 07:47:00 AM IST
HM Shangpliang says wait for people verdict
HM Shangpliang, former IAS officer and Congress candidate from Mawsynram constituency, said people wanted a change in the constituency.
Counting of votes for Meghalaya election results to begin at 8 am
The counting of votes for Meghalaya election results will begin in Shillong at 8 am today amid tight security, officials with the Election Commission said. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to oust the 10-year-old Congress government in the state--currently led by Mukul Sangma.Voting for Meghalaya elections took place on 27 February.