TURA, Meghalaya : Congress has successfully emerged itself as the single largest party in the 9 member Garo Hills Autonomous Council (GHADC), bagging 12 seats out of 29 while the ruling National People’s Party won 11 seats on the election held on April 12 and results which were declared on Thursday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also NPP’s ally has won two seats while the Garo National Council won one and three seats by independent candidates. The United Democratic Party, a local party could not even open its account.
BJP’s Bernard Marak won the prestigious Tura seat. Marak was a former member of a militant outfit – Achik National Volunteer Council that signed an agreement earlier with the government.
Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Mukul Sanghma expressed his confidence of forming the next council but the sources in NPP said that BJP is most likely to support NPP and the party is also trying to get the support of three independent candidates.
The result however is a wake up call for NPP which lost the key Tura seat and the loss of incumbent chief executive member Dipul Murak to Arbinestone Marak, an Independent candidate. “We respect people mandate. We were expecting to cross halfway mark. There was a strong anti-incumbency against our party. We need to self-introspect and work hard,” said Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister and NPP national president.
Meghalaya consists of three tribal autonomous district councils- the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council and the GHADC.