April 25, 2018

Conrad Sangma sworn in as new Chief Minister of Meghalaya

09 March 2018, 02:40 | Marta Robbins

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He was also the Meghalaya chief minister from 1988 to 1990.

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

Along with Mr Sangma, 11 other legislators of the newly-formed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government were administered the oath of office and secrecy as Cabinet ministers.

Conrad Sangma is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura seat in Meghalaya.

The Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) has won two seats in the election, but its president has lost to an independent candidate by only 76 votes. "I congratulate Conrad Sangma".

Meghalaya is the third state after Manipur and Goa where the Congress could not forge a post-poll alliance with any of the regional parties despite emerging as the single largest party.

Breaking his silence on the defeat in three northeast states, Gandhi said the Congress was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP, accusing it of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya.

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The Congress tried to retain power in Meghalaya by sharing power with the regional parties.

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.

However, former HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit wanted Prestone to lead the government.

"This decision was taken unilaterally by the UDP and without consulting us". He said in a football match there were certain players who could create a turnaround and Congress too had the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any given situation and whenever needed.

Despite a fractured mandate in the Assembly polls, the state is going to witness its first non-Congress government taking charge in 15 years.

On Sunday, Zeliang was given 48 hours by the Governor to submit a letter of support from BJP chief Shah after he claimed the NPF's 15-year alliance with the saffron party was still on.

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