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Meghalaya Election 2023: Curfew imposed, Meghalaya post-poll violence;Several injured, one found dead

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Meghalaya Assembly Election 2023: The district administration of West Jaintia Hills imposed a curfew in Meghalaya’s Sahsniang village on Thursday until further orders. According to an official notification, the curfew was imposed in response to reports of violence in some areas following the announcement of the state’s election results.

“Information of post-counting violence in Sahsniang village has been received, and there is concern that the violence may spread and intensify if left unattended,” the official notification stated.

Post-election violence in at least three assembly constituencies in Meghalaya injured several people, while one person was found dead in an unknown circumstance, officials said on Friday.

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They reported several incidents of violence in Mariang constituency in Eastern West Khasi Hills, Shella in East Khasi Hills, and Mokaiaw in West Jaintia Hills, where prohibitory orders were imposed under Section 144 CrPC.

A senior district official told PTI that a number of vehicles parked in the compound of the deputy commissioner’s office in Mairang were set on fire.

 

“Another person was found dead in a mysterious circumstance at the scene of the violence,” he added.

The incident occurred shortly after Congress supporters gheraoed the DC’s office on Thursday, expressing their dissatisfaction with the Mairang assembly constituency results.

Metbah Lyngdoh, Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and UDP chief, narrowly defeated Congress candidate Batskhem Ryntathiang in Mairang.

MEGHALAYA ELECTION RESULT 2023: NPP EMERGES SINGLE-LARGEST PARTY

The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) of Meghalaya emerged as the state’s single-largest party on Thursday, securing 26 seats out of the 59 constituencies that went to polls on February 27, according to the Election Commission.

Even as Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad K Sangma sought the support of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in forming the new government, it fell short of a majority in the 60-member assembly.

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The BJP, which fielded star campaigners such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief JP Nadda, and Shah, won only two seats.

The United Democratic Party (UDP), an ally of the NPP in the Sangma government, finished second, winning 11 constituencies. In the 2018 elections, it received only six seats.

The Congress and Mamata Banerjee’s TMC each won five seats.

 

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