New Delhi, March 3: In a bid to avoid a Goa-like situation in Meghalaya, the Congress has rushed its senior leaders to strike a deal in case it falls short of majority to form the government in the northeastern state. Senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath have been asked to rush to Shillong, media report said. Also Read - BJP's Troubleshooter, NE's Most Influential Politician Himanta Biswa Sarma to Take Oath as Assam CM Today
The counting of votes is underway in the state where the Congress has been ruling for the last 10 years. Also Read - Will Himanta Sarma Outplay Sonowal to Become Assam CM? Crucial Decision Today
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. Also Read - Goa Lockdown News: State-level Curfew Imposed From May 9 to May 23 | Check Curbs
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.