Congress to rule in Meghlaya

Meghalaya can look towards having a fairly stable government, with the Congress winning the largest tally of seats.  The Indian National Congress here has won 29 seats in the election to the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly with Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, his wife D D Shira and his brother Zenith Sangma winning with huge margins. Lone woman legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh retained her urban 16 East Shillong seat edging out her nearest rival and former deputy chief minister B M Lanong of the UDP by over 4000 votes.

Cabinet Ministers HDR Lyngdoh and Prestone Tynsong retained their Sohiong and Pynursla seats respectively. Lyngdoh won by a margin of over 3000 votes over his lone rival and UDP candidate B Kharphuli while Tynsong is leading over his nearest rival and UDP candidate B Khongwar by almost 2000 votes.

Mukul Sangma

Mukul Sangma

The UDP, which had an alliance with the Congress in the outgoing Assembly, has won 8 seats while the Independents have clinched 20 seats and are leading in 1 seats. The NCP managed to win 2 seats only.

Carved out of Assam in 1972, Meghalaya has seen 23 chief ministers in a span of 41 years. Captain Williamson Sangma, who led the government for the first time, was the only one to ever lead a single-party government in the state. Since then, Meghalaya has seen fractured mandates, leading to volatile coalition governments

The three other Chief Ministers are DD Lapang, who is also the state Congress President, S C Marak and United Democratic Party Chief Donkupar Roy.

The Congress fielded candidates in all 60 constituencies while the United Democratic Party (UDP) contested 50 seats.

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