New Delhi, March 3: The Bharatiya Janata Party is sending senior leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to Meghalaya so as to stop Congress’s bid to form government in the state. Sarma is a key strategist and was intrumental in BJP’s win in Assam. As per trends, none of the parties is gaining absolute majority in the state. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
“In Meghalaya a divided result is a possibility. We will see that a non-Congress government is formed there. Himanta Biswa Sarma ji is leaving for Meghalaya shortly,” BJP leader Ram Madhav said. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
Earlier in the day, Congress flown its senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath so as to strike a deal with regional parties and Independents to form the government in the state in case it falls short of majority, media report said. The move came so as to avoid Goa-like situation in the North-east state. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
The Congress is emerging as the single-largest party by winning 21 seats so far while the BJP is at 6. The Congress has been ruling the state for the last 10 years.
Polling for 59 of the 60 Assembly seats was held in the north-eastern state on February 27. Polling was countermanded in the Williamnagar constituency due to the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma on February 18.
The Congress Party fielded 59 candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) put up nominees in 47 constituencies. For the first time, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma contested from two seats.
In Goa Assembly elections in 2017, even though the Congress emerged as the single largest party, it failed to form the government. The BJP with 14 MLAs secured the support of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Independents to form the government in the coastal state. The BJP rushed its top leaders then to strike a deal with regional parties and Independents and made Manohar Parrikar the chief minister of the state.