"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation". Of the eleven ministers who took oath, four are from then Mukul Sangma-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government.
His 11-member team includes Prestone Tynsong, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, Conrad's brother James PK Sangma, Lakhmen Rymbui, Kyrmen Shylla, Metbah Lyngdoh, Banteidor Lyngdoh, Hamlet Dohling, Samlin Malngiang and AL Hek. Having joined the government, the BJP's activities elsewhere will come under closer scrutiny and may impact the life of the coalition.
HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit, who lost in the election, stated before media that it was not the job of the UDP to decide as to who would be the leader of the NPP and the chief minister of the state.
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No party won a majority in Meghalaya, but the Congress emerged as the largest party winning 21 out of 59 assembly seats that went to polls and the results were declared on Saturday. Congress leader PL Punia of Meghalaya called the proposed alliance between BJP, NPP and others in Meghalaya "lethal for democracy".
NPP's rise in the state has been impressive as it raised its tally to 19 seats from just two in the previous elections. Outgoing Chief Minister Mukul, even came up with a "preposterous" proposal of sharing power-two-and-half years each-with the UDP, the main regional party in the state, which won six seats. He was elected a Member of Parliament in a by-election from Tura constituency after his father's death.
"Since the whole election process is over, the chief minister has to submit his resignation, so I did". While still a mere 2 seats, the BJP has found adobe in the making of government.
The HSPDP chief said the regional parties together had the required number to form government.