National People's Party chief Conrad Sangma takes oath as Meghalaya chief minister

NPP leader Conrad Sangma meets Meghalaya governor Ganga Prasad at Raj Bhawan in Shillong on Sunday submitting a letter of support from 34 MLAs including 19 from NPP six from UDP four from PDF two each from HSPDP and the BJP and an independent

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging the largest party winning 21 seats. Mr. Sangma, a Lok Sabha member, is the president of the National People's Party (NPP).

The Bharatiya Janata Party's reign in alliance with regional parties in three north-eastern States began on a youthful note on Tuesday with Conrad Kongkal Sangma, 40, being sworn in as Meghalaya Chief Minister.

On Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of "usurping" power through a proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance" in the state. Even without HSPDP's support, the coalition will not be threatened.

Speaking to media persons Sangma said "Our priority is very clear".

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.

Conrad Sangma, who became the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya today, had learnt his first lesson in politics when he was made campaign manager of his father in 1999. "The UDP and HSPDP had a pre-poll alliance for the just-concluded Assembly polls €" where UDP won six seats and HSPDP won two seats.

Eleven other ministers were also sworn in in Shillong. "We will work to take our state forward".

After the result of Congress in the legislative elections in both Nagaland and Tripura, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said he always knew that Congress would fail to open its account this time in those two states.

On being asked what he thought of the outgoing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's opinion that his government is a "bundle of contradiction" he said that "coalition governments are always hard to manage and the best way to manage it is to show respect for our allies".

Sangma stated that the NPP was forming the government courtesy BJP.

BJP has played another masterstroke to keep the Congress lonely again.

Renikton Lyngdoh and Samlin Malngiang - have signed the letter of support, which was handed over to Governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday projecting Sangma as their leader to lead the non-Congress government.

Son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma, Conrad is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura.

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