SHILLONG, April 20: While the call for forging an alliance by political parties, both National and regional in Meghalaya is getting louder, the state Congress is in a solitary mood to battle out the upcoming 2018 Assembly polls fielding its candidates in all the 60 seats.
Confident about the party’s victory in the 2018 Assembly elections, Congress legislator and State Sports Minister, Zenith Sangma said, “As far as congress party is concerned in Meghalaya, we have never gone for pre-poll alliance with either national or regional parties, but we have always aligned with likeminded parties to form the government even in the past. So, likewise we are not thinking of any pre-poll alliance and we will field candidates in all the 60 seats.
When asked about the Congress party’s intentions about post poll alliance, Sangma said, “We are very optimistic that we will form the government with the requisite number but, however when we find any party to be likeminded with the ideology and the principle that we have, we will be open to form the government combining with any political party parties-be it national or regional”.
“If there is one or two shortage in the magic number to form the government, because nothing is final in politics, in that case, the Congress will always open its doors to form the government by aligning with any likeminded parties-be it national or regional,” Sangma said on Thursday.
Commenting on the ongoing trend of various political parties announcing their intentions to forge an alliance, Sangma said that this is nothing new and that the Congress party is aware of the situation and has its own set of calculations to deal with this.
“We are confident that we will get single party majority, but still we will be open to form the government with any likeminded party,” he added.
It may be reminded that in 2008, the Congress became the single largest party with 26 seats. Dr. DD Lapang was sworn in as Chief Minister of a Congress-led coalition government but resigned 10 days later, ahead of a scheduled trust vote when he failed to muster majority support. Following this Dr. Donkupar Roy led the MPA Government that was formed in Meghalaya with the support of NCP, BJP, KHNAM and Independents.
This government lasted only for twelve months as there was another toppling game played which brought the government in the state down with the Congress subsequently taking over the reins of power in the state with the help of the UDP.
Political instability has been the hallmark of Meghalaya, a state which has never witnessed any political party securing a majority except during the first assembly elections.