Efforts on to form non-Cong alliance in Meghalaya

With counting of votes only two days away, efforts are on in Meghalaya to form a non-Congress alliance.

Shillong: With counting of votes only two days away, efforts are on in Meghalaya to form a non-Congress alliance.

The United Democratic Party (UDP), coalition partner of ruling Congress in the current assembly, and P A Sangma-led National Peoples` Party (NPP) had held a meeting last night in this regard, sources from the parties said here today.

Though the parties were officially not ready to say anything on the development, the sources said Sangma, his son Conrad K Sangma and top UDP leaders were present at the meeting.

Moves were also afoot to include in the alliance other parties and for which talks are on with Hill State Peoples` Democratic Party (HSPDP) and BJP, they said.

Interestingly, the Congress is also trying to retain the UDP and a few independents to form the next government, the sources said.

Congress is hoping to bag 25 seats, the same it had secured in the 2008 election.

The Congress has fielded candidates in all 60 seats, while the UDP contested in 50 seats and hoped to get at least 15 seats.

The UDP claimed it would be the key party in forming government. "We will win in at least 15 constituencies in the Khasi Jaintia Hills and the Garo Hills region," UDP working president B M Lanong said.

He claimed UDP and Congress would emerge as the party with majority wins.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma formed NPP after
resigning from NCP, ahead of the Presidential poll last year. NCP in Meghalaya formally merged with NPP on August 24 last year.

NPP`s Conrad Sangma said his party would win in at least 15 seats and take help of like-minded parties to form the next government.

Veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Salseng C Marak said the party might have to take the help of Independent legislators to form the government.

Among the 345 candidates contested in the Meghalaya elections, 122 are independents.


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