Shillong: Three former Chief Ministers in Meghalaya emerged victorious in the Assembly election as the Congress is comfortably coasting towards a return to power winning 29 seats.
Congress chief DD Lapang, former Chief Minister SC Marak and United Democratic Party president Donkupar Roy have won from Nongpoh, Resubelpara and Shella constituencies respectively.
The Congress increased its tally from the 2008 Assembly election when it had bagged 25 seats. Incumbent Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has won from Ampati seat defeating his NPP rival G Momin by over 9,000 votes.
The United Democratic Party, a key ally of the Congress in the outgoing government has won 8 seats, and the Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) has won four seats.
Prominent winners are cabinet ministers Ampareen Lyngdoh, HDR Lyngdoh, Prestone Tynsong, RC Laloo, AL Hek. Among the prominent losers were UDP candidates and cabinet ministers BM Lanong who lost to Ampareen Lyngdoh and JA Lyngdoh who lost to Congress candidate Kennedy Khyriem, both in East Khasi Hills district.
HSPDP chief Hopingstone Lyngdoh retained his seat for the eighth consecutive term since 1972. His party colleague Ardent Basaiawmoit retained his seat from 22-Nongkrem constituency.