Congress wins Meghalaya’s Ampati to become single largest party; will it now stake claim to form government?

Congress has won the Ampati Assembly seat in Meghalaya. The seat, vacated by former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma after winning both Ampati and Songsak constituencies, has been won by his daughter, Miani D Shira. Ampati is considered as a bastion of Sangma who has represented the seat since 1993.
With the victory, Congress’ tally has come to 21 in the 60-member assembly – making it the single largest party in the assembly. Congress’ nearest rival, National People’s Party (NPP), whose Conrad Sangama is the current chief minister of the state, has 20 members.
The Congress may now stake claim to form the government in the state after the precedent set by Governor Vajubhai Vala in Karanata, where he had invited BJP to form the government for being the largest party in the state. As per ANI, Shira beat her nearest rival the National People’s Party’s (NPP) C G Momin in an easy victory.