Meghalaya Election Results 2018 Highlights: Congress Single Largest Party In Meghalaya, But House Hung

Election result: The Congress hopes to retain power in the state that has been their strong hold with a 10-year rule. The BJP gave the ruling Congress government a tough fight and fielded 47 candidates in the assembly polls, while the Congress put up nominees in 59 constituencies.

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Meghalaya Election Results 2018 Highlights: Congress Single Largest Party In Meghalaya, But House Hung

Meghalaya election results: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma wins both constituencies that he contested at.

Its a hung house in Meghalaya as no party could get majority in the election. Congress has emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats but far below the majority mark of 30. The party has sent top leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel from Delhi to talk to regional parties for support.  "Associates have assured support in the last one hour. The BJP is out of the fray, they are trying to create mischief," said Kamal Nath to NDTV. The BJP and its regional allies in Meghalaya like the National People's Party (NPP) and the United Democratic Party are contesting separately. The party's senior strategist Hiamta Biswa Sarma is in state capital Shillong to work out a post-poll alliance. BJP has got only two seats, whereas Conrad Sangma-led NPP has secured 19 seats.

Here are the highlights of Meghalaya election results 2018:




Mar 03, 2018
21:40 (IST)
Kiren Rijiju and KJ Alphons will go to Meghalaya to elect the chief minister, says Union Minister JP Nadda 
Mar 03, 2018
20:24 (IST)
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who won from the two seats he contested, said the results were not on expected lines and he would keep his cards close to his chest with regard to the Congress forming the government. For the first time, Mr Sangma contested in two seats.
Mar 03, 2018
20:16 (IST)
The Parties Which Hold The Key To Meghalaya's Next Government

The United Democratic Party (UDP) has won six seats followed by the People's Democratic Front (PDF) with four and the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP)with two. The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and the Nationalist Congress Party won one seat each.
Mar 03, 2018
20:13 (IST)
Commenting on election results, NPP chief Conrad Sangma said, "We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government. People are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and are looking for a change."
Mar 03, 2018
20:07 (IST)
Read: Congress Minister Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh Wins From East Shillong
Meghalaya PWD minister and Congress candidate Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh wins from East Shillong constituency defeating her nearest BJP rival Neil Antonio War by over 5,000 votes.
Mar 03, 2018
20:02 (IST)
The BJP, making gains in a state where it had won no seats in 2013, has won two. It has indicated that it will attempt to put together a post-poll alliance. "Meghalaya is heading for a divided house. We will see how we can form a non-Congress government there," said senior BJP leader Ram Madhav.
Mar 03, 2018
20:01 (IST)
Read: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Wins From Both Ampati And Songsak
Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies, Election Commissionsources said.
Mar 03, 2018
19:16 (IST)
NPP Gets 19 Seats In Meghalaya 

Conrad Sangma-led NPP has secured 19 seats in Meghalaya. The party has secured 20.6 per cent votes.
Mar 03, 2018
18:49 (IST)
Congress Single Largest Party In Meghalaya

Final results for Meghalaya Assembly elections has been declared. Congress emerges as the single largest party with 21 seats. The party's vote share stands at 28.5%. In total, Congress has got 4,47,472 votes.
Mar 03, 2018
18:40 (IST)
Read: Will Keep My Cards Close To Chest: Mukul Sangma On 'Unexpected' Results
With Meghalaya set for a hung assembly, two-time Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said the election results were not what the Congress had expected but refused to reveal his party's plan now.
Mar 03, 2018
18:29 (IST)
Congress is emerging as the single largest party after winning 21 seats out of the 59.
Mar 03, 2018
18:18 (IST)
Meghalaya Election Result: BJP, Congress Scramble Top Leaders As Meghalaya Heads For Hung House
Adding Tripura to the growing list of states it rules in what it called a "historic verdict," the BJP quickly shifted its focus to Meghalaya today as votes were counted for assembly elections in three northeast states. The party's northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma headed to state capital Shillong where the next few hours will see hectic negotiations with Meghalaya giving a majority to no party."
Mar 03, 2018
17:15 (IST)
In Meghalaya, the Congress is leading in 21 seats, 10 short of the halfway mark at 31. It has sent top leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel from Delhi to talk to regional parties for support.  "Associates have assured support in the last one hour. The BJP is out of the fray, they are trying to create mischief," said Kamal Nath to NDTV.
Mar 03, 2018
16:53 (IST)

NPP candidate James Sangma, son of NPP's PA Sangma displays victory sign after winning in Dadenggre constituency in the Meghalaya Assembly elections at Dadenggre, Meghalaya
Mar 03, 2018
16:38 (IST)
Meghalaya election results: Of the 59 seats in Meghalaya assembly elections, 45 have been declared. Congress leading with 16, NPP gets 13 and BJP wins 2 seats. 
Mar 03, 2018
16:20 (IST)


Amit Shah in Delhi as results for Meghalaya awaits:

  • In Meghalaya, NDA allies have achieved great success and we see a mandate for change.
  • These results show people of northeast want progress, peace and deliverance from violence
  • BJP used to be known as a party of the Hindi belt but that has changed now
  • Left not right for any corner of India
  • Congress hasn't got majority in Meghalaya. 
Mar 03, 2018
16:14 (IST)

Chairs decked up at the BJP office in Shillong, Meghalaya as counting is underway. Results for 37 of the 59 assembly seats in Meghalaya have been declared. 
Mar 03, 2018
16:09 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted as counting is underway in Meghalaya "I express my gratitude to the people of Meghalaya for supporting @BJP4Meghalaya. The welfare of Meghalaya is of utmost importance for us. I appreciate the BJP Karyakartas for their continued efforts in the state to serve the people."
Mar 03, 2018
15:47 (IST)
Kamal Nath, Congress to NDTV
  • BJP is out of the fray, they are trying to create mischief. This shows their mischief.
  • Congress is by far the largest party.
Mar 03, 2018
15:39 (IST)
Meghalaya Election Result: BJP, Congress Scramble Top Leaders As Meghalaya Heads For Hung House
Adding Tripura to the growing list of states it rules in what it called a "historic verdict," the BJP quickly shifted its focus to Meghalaya today as votes were counted for assembly elections in three northeast states. The party's northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma headed to state capital Shillong where the next few hours will see hectic negotiations with Meghalaya giving a majority to no party.
Mar 03, 2018
15:22 (IST)

Meghalaya Election: Results for 31 seats of the 59 seats declared. Congress maintains lead winning 12. NPP wins 5 and BJP gets 2 seats
Mar 03, 2018
15:17 (IST)

Ankur Jhnujhunwala, Political Analyst

Himanta Biswa Sarma definitely has better chance of pulling together an alliance in Meghalaya than Kamal Nath and CP Joshi. He knows the region like the back of his hand.
Mar 03, 2018
15:15 (IST)

Kiren Rijiju, BJP to NDTV

Meghalaya is an unique state. All parties are anti-Congress but all fought on different platforms, independently. I'm very sure Congress will not come to power in Meghalaya. Both NPF and UDF are part of NEDA so there should be no problem in stitching a non-Congress alliance.
Mar 03, 2018
15:08 (IST)
Meghalaya Election as of 3 pm: Results for 29 seats of the 59 seats declared. Congress maintains lead winning 11. NPP wins 5 and BJP gets 2 seats
Mar 03, 2018
14:48 (IST)

Congress' Mukul Sangma celebrates his victory in the two constituencies that he contested - Ampati and Songsak 
Mar 03, 2018
14:33 (IST)
Meghalaya election results: BJP wins its first seat in Meghalaya. Congress ahead with 11 seats. NPP gets 5 as results for 26 of the 59 seats have been declared.
Mar 03, 2018
14:21 (IST)

Founder of NPP - National People's Party - PA Sagma's daughter, Agatha Sangma and his son, James Sangma wins DouthTura and Dadenggre constituencies respectively.


Mar 03, 2018
14:11 (IST)

Meghalaya Election:L Results for 19 seats have been announced, as of 2 pm: The Congress wins 10 seats, National People's Party (NPP) wins 3 and the BJP is yet to win a seat. 
Mar 03, 2018
14:04 (IST)
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Wins From Both Ampati And Songsak
Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies, Election Commissionsources said.
Mar 03, 2018
13:17 (IST)

Meghalaya election tally as of 1 pm: Congress ahead, NPP has 16 seats. BJP gets 6.
Mar 03, 2018
13:13 (IST)

  • Mukul Sangma, who has been the chief minister of Meghalaya since 2010, retained Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul CH Hajong by over 6,000 votes.
  • He also won from Songsak constituency defeating his nearest National People's Party rival Nihim D Shira by over 1,300 votes. The BJP was in the third position.
  • The chief minister's wife Dikkanchi D Shira also won from Mahendraganj seat defeating her nearest BJP rival Premananda Koch by over 6,000 votes, said PTI quoting sources.
Mar 03, 2018
12:45 (IST)

Ram Madhav, BJP to NDTV

There are no prospects for Congress anywhere in the northeast except in Meghalaya.
Mar 03, 2018
12:40 (IST)
Tripura Election Results 2018: BJP Set For Historic Win In State
As the BJP surged ahead in Left-ruled Tripura, a leader of the party in Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, posted this update on social media: "CPM Tripura fort to crumble in next 1 hour."
Mar 03, 2018
12:39 (IST)
  • Agatha Sangma is chief ministerial candidate for NPP in Meghalaya
  • she was the youngest union minister in Congress-led UPA's second term
  • Daughter of PA Sangma, ex-Congressman who formed NCP, then NPP
  • Agatha Sangma contesting from father's constituency in Meghalaya
Mar 03, 2018
12:34 (IST)

Mukul Sangma who won from both the constituencies that he contested in Meghalaya, watching results in In Shillong's Ampati.
Mar 03, 2018
12:25 (IST)
Complete election coverage on ndtv.com
Mar 03, 2018
12:20 (IST)

Mohd Ali Khan, Congress

The BJP threw everything it had in Meghalaya - money, time, resources - and we had to deal with things like defections 
Mar 03, 2018
12:19 (IST)

Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma wins from both Ampati and Songsok constituencies that he had contested, says Press Trust of India quoting EC sources
Mar 03, 2018
12:00 (IST)

Ram Madhav, BJP 

Meghalaya is heading for a divided house. Will see how we can form a non-Congress government there. Himanta Biswa Sarma and I will go to Meghalaya
Mar 03, 2018
11:52 (IST)

Eearly trends for 59 seats show the seat distribution in Meghalaya with Congress leading followed by NPP. BJP gets 8 seats.
Mar 03, 2018
11:37 (IST)

Radhika Khera, Congress

We will retain Meghalaya. Development politics will win, divisive politics of the BJP will lose.
Mar 03, 2018
11:25 (IST)

Nalin Kohli, BJP to NDTV
  • Meghalaya is a candidate-driven election and not a ideology or cadre-based election.
  • We constantly pointed out that we are not here to change eating habits. The only book we follow is that of the constitution
  • Meghalaya has abysmal infrastructure. We fought the election on development plank.
  • I'm not disappointed yet. The BJP is No. 2 in several seats
Mar 03, 2018
11:03 (IST)

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is leading from both Songsak and Ampati constituencies. In a first, Congress' Mukul Sangma contested from two constituencies in Meghalaya that went to polls on February 27.
Mar 03, 2018
10:53 (IST)
Early trends in Meghalaya show P A Sagma's National People's Party trailing. 
Mar 03, 2018
10:47 (IST)
Election analysis on ndtv.com 
Mar 03, 2018
10:27 (IST)

With counting underway in Meghalaya, people gather in huge numbers to see the results.  
Mar 03, 2018
10:18 (IST)

Nalin Kohli, BJP to NDTV
  • Meghalaya is a candidate-driven state, hence candidates win despite shifting parties. 
  • Congress is bringing up beef ban. But we are not here to change eating habits. 
  • I won't be disappointed till the last vote is counted
  • Meghalaya results are early trends. But the contest has become a Congress vs BJP. Do remember in Meghalaya we are zero. The BJP is poised for massive growth in Meghalaya
Mar 03, 2018
09:37 (IST)

Meghalaya election results: Initial trends show the ruling Congress leading by a close margin with NPP.
Mar 03, 2018
09:25 (IST)

If Meghalaya votes in a hung assembly, as it has for all but one election, the BJP and its regional partners in the Northeast Democratic Alliance could quickly announce a post-poll alliance as was seen last year in the Manipur elections. The Congress was the single largest party in Manipur, but the BJP quickly stitched an alliance to form government.
Mar 03, 2018
09:22 (IST)
What Exit Polls Predict in the Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018: 

Meghalaya Election 2018 Exit Poll by JanKiBaat-NewsX predicts that that the National People's Party (NPP) is set to gain with 23-27 seats while the BJP will get 8-12 seats, with vote shares of 39 and 12 per cent respectively. The Congress is predicted to win 13-17 seats with a voteshare of 21 per cent and others are likely to get 2 to 6 seats. The CVoter exit poll predicts a close finish, with the Congress likely to get 13-19 seats and the NPP 17 to 23 seats, with vote shares of 36.5 and 29.4 per cent respectively. The BJP in Meghalaya is likely to get 4-8 seats with a vote share of 16.6 per cent, the poll said.
Mar 03, 2018
09:19 (IST)

People out on the streets as they watch early trends at a public ground in Shillong, Meghalaya.
Mar 03, 2018
09:15 (IST)

The BJP and its regional allies from Meghalaya like the National People's Party (NPP) founded by former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma and the United Democratic Party are contesting separately. The NPP is seen as the Congress' toughest challenger.
Mar 03, 2018
09:08 (IST)

In Meghalaya, if the Congress fails to get majority, the BJP will be able to stitch together a coalition, says Vikram Chandra in the election analysis with NDTV
Mar 03, 2018
09:02 (IST)
Congress leads in 7, NPP in 7 and the BJP in 3 seats with leads for 33 seats awaited
Mar 03, 2018
08:54 (IST)

Himanta Biswa Sarma to NDTV:
  • If we win Tripura and if we can regain Nagaland, have government in Meghalaya, then our expansion in North East will be complete, barring Mizoram. Today will be a big day.
  • In Meghalaya, we have to talk to other parties and install a non-Congress government.
Mar 03, 2018
08:46 (IST)
North East Assembly Elections 2018: BJP Eyes 3/3 As Votes Are Counted in Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland Today - 10 Points
The BJP and the ruling CPM are neck and neck in very early rounds of counting of votes in Tripura; the BJP hopes to end the two-decade run of the Left party's Manik Sarkar as chief minister. Counting of votes began at 8 this morning for assembly elections in three Northeastern states - Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. 
Mar 03, 2018
08:44 (IST)

Meghalaya election results: Congress leads in 3 seats and NPP leads in 1, show initial trends 
Mar 03, 2018
08:29 (IST)

Vikram Chandra and his panel of experts in the studio as counting begins in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. 
Mar 03, 2018
08:24 (IST)
Live Election Results 2018: Stakes High In Tripura, Meghalaya And Nagaland
Counting of votes has begun in the three north east states - Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. The results of the high-stakes assembly elections in the three states will be known later today. The BJP is looking to take all the three north east states, confident of its performance after its two successive victories in Assam and Manipur in the last two years.
Mar 03, 2018
08:22 (IST)
Assembly election results: Congress leads in one seat in Meghalaya show initial trends 
Mar 03, 2018
08:12 (IST)
Counting begins for the 59 constituencies in Meghalaya. 
Mar 03, 2018
07:51 (IST)

Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said a three-tier security arrangement was made at all the 13 counting centres and 11 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) deployed for the counting process.
Mar 03, 2018
07:49 (IST)

15,35,846 voters out of the total 18.09 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in 59 constituencies when Meghalaya went to polls on February 27.
Mar 03, 2018
07:49 (IST)
The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in Meghalaya's Kyndong Tuber polling station in Raliang constituency of West Jaintia Hills district tomorrow. Voting will be held from 7 am to 4 pm, he said.

The order came after he recommended re-polling in the polling station due to a ''human error'' which had resulted in a mix up of EVMs from another constituency. This had led to voting being stopped in the polling station.
Mar 03, 2018
07:47 (IST)

Four prominent parties are fighting the poll battle in Meghalaya - Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), National People's Party (NPP) and United Democratic Party (UDP). The ruling Indian National Congress fielded 60 candidates. The United Democratic Party contested from 35 seats. The BJP fielded 47 candidates while National People's Party contested from 52 constituencies. In the 60-member Meghalaya assembly elections, a party would need 31 seats to get a clear majority.
Mar 03, 2018
07:45 (IST)
Meghalaya saw 84.86 per cent voter turnout on February 27. In 2013 Meghalaya Assembly elections, the voter turnout was 87 per cent. According to the State Election Commission, 1,842,163 electors were eligible to cast their vote. Of these, 9,12,849 were men and 9,29,314 were women. The polling was held on 3,082 polling booths.
Mar 03, 2018
07:39 (IST)

Meghalaya comprises of 60 assembly constituencies. A total of 55 constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and the remaining are for the general candidates. In total, 370 candidates contested the Meghalaya Assembly Election 2018. Of these, 338 are men and 32 are women.
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