BJP Set to Form Government in Tripura, Part of Coalitions in Meghalaya, Nagaland

In Meghalaya, a multi-party coalition led by BJP ally NPP is set to form the government, while in Nagaland, NDPP leader Neiphu Rio will lead the next government with the support of BJP and JD(U).

Conrad Sangma (third from right), UDP leader Dongkupar Roy (third from left) at the governor’s residence. Credit: By special arrangement

New Delhi: A day after the Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly election results were out, throwing up hung assemblies, the states are moving towards new coalition governments with the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) as part of both.


In Meghalaya, a multi-party coalition will be led by BJP ally and its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner National People’s Party (NPP). Party president Conrad Sangma, presently the MP from the state’s Tura Lok Sabha seat, is set to be the next chief minister and will be sworn in tomorrow (March 5).

A little before Sangma arrived at the Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government, along with MLAs of the parties supporting him – the United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), People’s Democratic front (PDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – the outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma submitted his resignation to governor Ganga Prasad.

Though with 21 seats, Congress emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya and met the governor last night to convey that it should be invited first to form the government, and was in talks with UDP-HSPDP combine besides NCP and others for a possible arrangement, the UDP finally decided to side with the NPP following negotiations led by the BJP’s NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma in state capital Shillong. UDP is also a part of NEDA.

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While NPP has 19 seats, UDP, which had a pre-poll alliance with HSPDP, together has eight seats. Added to the BJP’s two seats and PDF’s 4 and one won by an independent candidate, the number comes up to 34, three more than the simple majority mark of 31 in the 60-member assembly.

After 2008, the north eastern state will see for the first time a multi-party coalition government.


In Nagaland too, the picture has become clear today. 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).

Manik Sarkar with Tripura governor Tathagata Roy. Credit: Twitter/ARC_AGT

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. Even though it had a pre-poll alliance with NPP and JD(U), the latter, which won one seat, finally chose to go with the NDPP-BJP alliance government. Together with NPP, NPF could take up its number to 29.

While NDPP with 17 seats and BJP with 12, became 29. Along with support from JD (U) and an independent candidate, it reached the 31 mark to stake claim to form the next government. Rio has already met state governor P.B. Acharya and claimed the support of the required MLAs. Acharya has invited the three-time chief minister to form a government.


In Tripura, outgoing chief minister Manik Sarkar submitted his resignation today after completing  four terms in office. Governor Tathagata Roy walked up to his car to see him off in a good will gesture.

As per reports coming from Agartala, the BJP is likely to form its government by March 8. Senior party leaders Nitin Gandkari and Jual Oram have been appointed as election prabharis to decide the party’s chief ministerial candidate which will thereafter be forwarded to its parliamentary committee. As per sources, while state BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb is the front runner for the post, “there is also the possibility of having a tribal chief minister in the state”.