Conrad Sangma to be sworn in as Meghalaya CM today

Posted March 09, 2018

On Monday, the HSPDP expressed reservation in forming the government with the BJP and also objected to Sangma being projected as the Chief Minister.

Guwahati: Conard Sangma chief of National People's Party staked claim on Sunday to form a coalition government with the support of 34 legislators in Meghalaya. The Oath taking ceremony will be held in Shillong.

The new 40-year-old CM of Meghalaya Conrad Kongkal Sangma is the son of Purno Sangma, former chief minister of Meghalaya. The chief minister has hinted that the alliance "will find out areas where there are contradictions" and "quarantine them" or "figure out how to resolve them". He, however, retracted when leaders of the three parties told him that joining the Congress will not guarantee a stable government and the Modi government will starve the state of funds required for development.

Outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma said, "I wish the new team my best wishes and I hope they do justice to the people and the state befitting to the expectations and aspirations of those who have given them the mandate". Congress leader Mukul Sangma, who was chief minister for eight years, submitted his resignation to the governor and taunted the BJP for attempting to form the government with just two members.

He pointed out that BJP allies in Tripura and Meghalaya, the IPFT and NPP respectively favoured division of the two states.

"It will be a government of the regional political parties to be led by the NPP".

The lone Hill State People Democratic Party legislator to get a cabinet berth is Samlin Malngiang, who has been tasked to look after public health engineering, secretariat administration and legal metrology.

According to sources, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong this morning to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya to form a government there.

"We will be discussing Government formation with our alliance partners and members of the PDF and the KHNAM soon", he said.

The ruling Congress, which emerged as the single-largest party, winning 21 seats, could not outmanoeuvre the wily Assam strongman, Himanta Biswa Sarma, a master-strategist, when it came to stitching up alliances.