Senior Congress leaders on Saturday met Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad in Shillong with the request to invite the party to form a government in the state. This came hours after Congress was the biggest party in the Assembly elections.
The party meets at 11 o'clock to elect its legislature leader.
The congress won 21 seats in the 60-member meeting, but had ten seats for an absolute majority. The storage of Meghalaya is crucial for the conference because it is one of the two remaining bases in Northeast India. The regional National People's Party formed the second largest party by winning 19 seats, while the United Democratic Party won six, the People's Democratic Front got four, and the Bharatiya Janata Party won two, according to the election committee.
Meghalaya Congress President Vincent Pala and Secretary General CP Joshi met governor Prasad on Saturday. "We already met the governor and sent him a letter asking him to invite the Congress as the biggest party," said Congress leader Kamal Nath IANS . "We already have contact with other political parties and we are confident that we will form the new government."
Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel, senior group leader, have spoken with other regional parties. "The voice of the people must be respected and the Bharatiya Janata party who won only two chairs has proved that people rejected them," he said.
The incumbent chief minister Mukul Sangma retained his Ampati seat for the sixth consecutive period.
BJP leaders are likely to meet the governor around 1 p.m., India Today reported. Independent candidate Samuel Sangma supported the BJP on Sunday, ANI reported. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the newly elected MLA AL Hek was elected leader of BJP Legislative Party in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
The legislators of the National People's Party met on Sunday to discuss alliances. "We spoke with like-minded parties," party chairman Conrad K Sangma stated. "These parties also hold their meetings and the picture will be clear soon."