Despite a strong anti-incumbency wave and massive onslaught by the BJP, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma managed to register victory in two constituencies. His wife and brother also came out victorious.
A doctor-turned politician, Mukul Sangma retained his Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul Ch Hajong by over 8,000 votes. Sangma has been the chief minister of Meghalaya since 2010.
Braving strong dissident campaigns within the Congress, Sangma also won from Songsak constituency defeating his nearest National People’s Party (NPP) rival Nihim D Shira by 1,830 votes.
The chief minister’s wife, Dikkanchi D. Shira also won from Mahendraganj seat defeating her nearest BJP rival Premananda Koch by 7,861 votes.
His younger brother, Zenith M. Sangma registered victory in Rangshakona constituency with a margin of over 1,900 votes. However, Zenith’s wife, Sadhiarani M. Sangma lost to Saleng A. Sangma of NCP by 136 votes.