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Ruling MDA consolidates position in Meghalaya

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Aug 27 - The BJP-backed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance today consolidated its position in the 60-member Assembly with alliance partners National Peoples Party (NPP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) candidates winning both bypolls in the State.

With this victory, the MDA has increased its tally from 37 to 39 seats in the House of 60.

Now both NPP and Congress have a tally of 20 seats each in the Assembly. The UDP has increased its tally to eight.

Conrad Sangma said over phone from Tura in western Meghalaya, �Results are in line with what we expected. I am thankful to the voters of South Tura who reposed their faith in my leadership.

�Winning this election is an indication that people have faith in this government. We will do our best to ensure that we take the State forward�, he added.

He called upon the Opposition Congress to work together and play the role they were given by the people.

The by-elections to the two seats were necessitated following the resignation of former five-time Ranikor MLA Martin M Danggo, who joined the NPP from Congress and former MLA of South Tura, Agatha K Sangma.

In the Assembly, BJP and NCP having two and one seats respectively is backing the MDA Government led by NPP which has 20 seats. It is also supported by regional parties � United Democratic Party having eight seat followed by Peoples Democratic Front - four, Hill State Peoples Democratic Party - two and two Independents. � PTI

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