National vice president of the National People’s Party (NPP) and newly-elected representative from Pynursla Prestone Tynsong, on March 4, asked the opposition camp to first win 32 or more seats then stake claim to form a government and appoint a Khasi chief minister.
Directing his attack at former ally – the United Democratic Party (UDP), Tynsong said, “It seems that was their agenda; they want a Khasi CM but you need to adhere to the criteria. Look at the fractured mandate here in Khasi-Jaintia – we have two, four, five MLAs. We need to respect the mandate that people have given; we are the single largest party. We respected the decisions taken by elected representative of the party to make Conrad Sangma our CM for the next five years (sic).”
“You can’t force people just because you want a CM from Khasi-Jaintia Hills. There are certain conditions; we need to respect that,” he added.