The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) polls by securing 10 seats while NPP and UDP emerged as largest parties securing 11 seats each in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) polls in Meghalaya, results of which were declared on Saturday.
As per the results, in KHADC, the Indian National Congress (INC) won 10 seats, NPP – 7, UDP – 6, HSPDP – 2, PDF – 1, JD(U) – 0, Ind – 3 and KHNAM could not win any seat.
In JHADC, the Indian National Congress (INC) won 4 seats, NPP – 11, UDP – 11, PDF – 0, KHNAM – 0, HSPDP – 0, JD(U) – 0 and Independent candidates won 3 seats.
In KHADC, the Congress candidate Charles Marngar won Mawhati seat. In Nongpoh, Congress candidate Balajied Ranee defeated UDP’s Rona Khymdeit.
Congress candidates Holando Lamin won the War Central seat, Gabriel Wahlang from Nongstoin and Bajop Pyngrope won the Rambrai seat.
Joseph Lakadong won Laitumkhrah-Malki seat while Ronnie V Lyngdoh won the Mylliem seat.
In JHADC, NPP candidate Het Pohthmi won the War West seat. In War East, NPP candidate Gillroy Tariang defeated the former JHADC CEM and UDP candidate, Lamdibok Sumer by securing a total of 3320 votes.
Besides, HSPDP candidate Sherborlang Mawlong emerged victorious in Nongspung-Sohiong while former MLA and UDP’s Paul Lyngdoh won Jaiaw seat.
Meanwhile, NPP candidate Pynshngain N Syiem defeated his closest competitor PDF’s James Ban Basaiawmoit by 240 votes in Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah seat.
USP’s Ryngkatlang Lyndem won the Lyngkyrdem-Laitkroh seat and PDF’s Macdalyn Sawkmie Mawlong won the Umsning seat.
HSPDP secured its second win in Mawkynrew after Martle Mukhim defeated PDF candidate Amanda A Pakyntein by 1245 votes.
In Umroi, NPP’s Rangkynsai Kharbuki defeated INC’s Micky Syiem by 161 votes.
As per a TNT report, just moments after the Congress approached the UDP seeking its support to form the Executive Committee in the KHADC, UDP president Donkupar Roy hinted at the possibility of forming the EC with the support of the allies of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance — NPP, HSPDP and PDF.
“We expect that those who rule in the government will do so in the KHADC,” the report quoted Donkupar Roy as telling media persons on Saturday.
It has been reported that there are high chances that the Congress would again have to sit in the opposition like in the Assembly as the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) partners sit in the treasury bench.
The report further quoted Donkupar Roy as saying: “We will hold a meeting with all our MDCs. We hope for the same coalition. We hope that the same coalition rule both at the state and district council.”
When asked whether this statement is a clear indication that the UDP rejects the proposal of the Congress, the UDP president said: “I am not saying we reject their proposal. All I am saying is that, we will have to meet all the party MDCs to decide on this.”
Meanwhile, in JHADC, as the results tally suggests, it looks like the Congress will be sitting in the opposition while the EC will be ruled by NPP along with its ally — UDP.