Conrad sworn in as Meghalaya CM

Gladys Abbott
March 8, 2018

Prompting an end to the 10-year rule of the Congress Party in Meghalaya, National People's Party (NPP) president Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12th Chief Minister of the Meghalaya on Tuesday.

Congratulating the newly appointed Meghalaya CM, Sonowal said that hope the new government works to fulfil the aims and aspirations of the people of Meghalaya. But the parties who are supporting us are committed to work for the welfare of the people and the state.

Among those present at the ceremony were Conrad's mother Soradini K. Sangma, his wife M. Chandi A. Sangma and his younger sister and South Tura MLA Agatha K. Sangma.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) electoral juggernaut continued as another chief minister allied to the party was sworn in today.

"Tell-tale signs of BJP's blind quest for power superseding the stability of the region, propagation of democracy, nipping the separatist tendencies and ignoring core issues of region are already visible", Surjewala said.

On Tuesday morning, Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office to Mr. Sangma and 11 Cabinet Ministers at the Raj Bhavan in Meghalaya capital Shillong.

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He also used the hashtag "DemocracyDemonetised" with his tweet to target the BJP.

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

The HSPDP chief also said that UDP did not consult with his party before proposing Conrad K Sangma's name as the Chief Minister.

The MDA includes five political parties that include six MLAs from the United Democratic Party, four from the People's Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party besides two Independent members.

Basaiawmoit also led the delegation of his senior party members to UDP president Donkupar Roy residence expressing reservation for not consulting the HSPDP leadership for cobbling up with the BJP and projecting the NPP president as chief minister.

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the National People's Party (NPP), an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur.

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