Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of "usurped power in Meghalaya"

Katrina Barker
March 8, 2018

Form being former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi's trusted lieutenant to BJP president Amit Shah's blue-eyed boy, Himanta Biswa Sarma has come a long way.

The BJP which won two seats in the state cobbled up a post-poll alliance led by the National People's Party (NPP), which bagged 19 seats.

The Congress's move comes in the wake of criticism in the past that the party was caught napping in Goa and Manipur, where despite emerging as the single-largest party it failed to form governments there.

In Meghalaya, he said, as the BJP prepares to share power with just two MLAs, "every discordant party that fought BJP and each other, ideologically-politically-electorally, is sewn up to form the government at any cost".

The alliance, including BJP, NPP, UDP and HSPDP, has the support of a total of 34 MLAs.

The HSPDP chief also said that UDP did not consult with his party before proposing Conrad K Sangma's name as the Chief Minister.

BJP, which did not have a single councillor in all of Tripura and lost its deposit in 49 constituencies out of 50 in 2013 assembly elections, had managed this land sliding victory. Basaiawmoit said the chief ministerial candidate could have been also elected from among the elected legislators of the NPP.

In a statement, he spoke to the media that there was a perception that only the Congress can survive in the Northeast.

Yesterday, Mallikarjun Kharge hit out at BJP claiming that Congress had worked hard in Meghalaya and secured more seats than BJP.

Admitting that heading a coalition government is a "challenging task", the newly sworn-in chief minister appealed to all the members of the ruling alliance to work together as a team to ensure that Meghalaya reached its new heights.

The WB BJP said the party will effect a change in Bengal too.

National People's Party (NPP) supremo Conrad Kongkal Sangma was sworn-in as the 14th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, forming the government with allies Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and the BJP.

Meghalaya had been under Congress rule and after losing the state, the party is now in power in three other states, including Karnataka where elections are slated next month, and Puducherry.

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