Conrad Sangma sworn in as 12th Meghalaya CM

Posted March 09, 2018

National People's Party (NPP) president Conrad Sangma on Tuesday took oath as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, a day after staking claim to form the government with support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.

Sangma also met Regional Democratic Alliance chairman Donkupar Roy at his residence.

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging the largest party winning 21 seats.

Important portfolios like Finance, Home, Revenue, Commerce and Industries and PWD were retained by the NPP ministers.

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The new Chief Minister urged his coalition to work together as a team to ensure that Meghalaya made rapid progress.

Conrad Sangma managed to cobble up a coalition government in Meghalaya with the support of other regional parties, the BJP and an independent MLA. This, however, is no easy task as is evident from the crisis within the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP), whose president initially objected to the inclusion of the BJP in the Conrad Sangma ministry.

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Conrad's elder brother and a three-time National People's Party legislator James Sangma will look after home (police), food and civil supplies, power, district council affairs and law. "There was a perception that only Congress party can survive in the north-east but now that BJP has gained victory here that perception will change", said Rajnath Singh.

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It is an interesting fact to know that it was Sarma who then, in the capacity of a Congress leader, had helped the Congress to come back to power in Meghalaya in 2010.

During an interaction with the media, a question countered CM Sangma that whether the MDA can be called as BJP-led government, on this he replied that all members are equal in governance and MDA is a coalition government including NPP, UDP, BJP, HSPDP, and PDP.

He added: "Congress has the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any situation".

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