09 March, 2018
Sangma, who is heading the six-party Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government, allotted the key Home portfolio to his elder brother James Sangma.
The NPP, which got 19 seats on its own, has the backing of six United Democratic Party (UDP) legislators, four People's Democratic Front (PDF) MLAs, two each from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and an Independents legislator, taking the combined strength of the alliance to 34.
With the election results throwing up a hung house there is a series of political dramas in both the states. A delegation of three central leaders of the Congress - Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and CP Joshi had met the governor on Saturday.
The chief minister, however, failed to produce letters of support from any other party.
In a tweet, he said the Congress had accepted the mandate but would strive to win back the trust of the electorate in the north-east.
JDU candidate G Kaito Aye and Independent candidate Tongpang Ozukum have extended their support to the NDPPBJP alliance.
The BJP, which drew a blank in the last elections, got two seats. Shah came under pressure also because the NPF had won 27 of the 60 seats in Nagaland as against the BJP ending with just 11.
Sangma met the Governor in the evening. BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav was also present.More news: MIT study that found low pay for Uber drivers to be revisited
Sarma told the reporters that at the moment we have support of 34 legislators so far, but some more are expected to join our alliance.
Sangma stated that the NPP was forming the government courtesy BJP. He will have to give up one seat. "If our interest is sidelined we will reconsidered our engagement in Manipur".
The Congress too tried to woo UDP for the formation of the government in the state in the wake of the fractured mandate that emerged on 3 March.
BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb along with his wife and central observer Sunil Deodhar led the rally as large numbers of supporters were dancing to the tune of the music with victory sign.
BJP has appointed Union Ministers - Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram - as Central Observers to help facilitate the election of BJP legislature party leader in the state.
Others in the cabinet are Prestone Tynsong, Comingone Ymbon and Sniawbhalanag Dhar from the NPP, Metbah Lyngdoh, Lahkmen Rymbui and Kyrmen Shylla from the United Democratic Party, Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamletson Dohling of People's Democratic Front.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the historic victory of BJP.