NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio claimed the support of 32 MLAs in the state's 60-member Assembly. "We were not prepared for such a result", Mr Sarkar, 69, told NDTV in an exclusive interview, his first after the CPM's stunning defeat in the assembly elections at the hands of the BJP and its alliance partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, or IPFT.
Former state chief minister and National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphu Rio will lead the next coalition government with the support of the BJP and the Janata Dal (United).
Union Minister Ananthkumar said the Congress has lost its base substantially across India and is limited to Karnataka, Punjab and Puducherry.
The party has a practice of conducting review meetings on a monthly basis to review implementation of welfare schemes sponsored by government and maintain coordination between state and center.
Chief Minister and NPF leader T R Zeliang won from Peren constituency by a margin of 5,432 votes. "But now, after the defeat in Tripura, it is a completely new situation where we have to rethink our strategies and political line", Mollah said. IPFT, which contested nine seats, had a vote share of 7.5%.
Though with 27 seats, the National People's Front (NPF) emerged as the single largest party, it failed to put together the simple majority mark of 31.
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There was a heavy rush of nominees to file the nomination papers on the last day, February 7, and finally after scrutiny and withdrawal, 227 candidates were in the fray for the state polls.
"As the constitutional head, my duty is to see who has the majority and call him to form the new government".
The Congress in Meghalaya also alleged that the saffron party invited NPP leaders from Jaintia hills and Garo hills to Guwahati and jointly got into an exercise on how and where to field candidates. "We can't let the BJP derive benefits out of division among Left secular and democratic forces", the central committee member said.
The election process in Nagaland had started on a hard note.
Highlighting the alliances' priorities when it forms the government, Rio said they have two top priorities - resolution of the Naga political issue as soon as possible and all-round development of Nagaland.