Who is Conrad Sangma, the new Meghalaya CM?

09 March, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Shillong: It was a hectic day for Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma, who has assumed office after taking oath as the head of the state on Tuesday.

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

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just concluded Meghalaya Assembly polls, is the second largest party after the Congress winning 21 seats.

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

Bhartiya Janta Party got an absolute majority and two-third along with its ally IPFT in Tripura, it won two seats in Meghalaya to become a part of the Sangma government.

PM Narendra Modi congratulated Sangma on becoming the chief minister.

Hill State People's Democratic Party legislator Samlin Malngiang was allotted Public Health Engineering, Secretariat Administration and Legal Metrology.


Conrad said his government would come up with a budget that will be the best for the state.

However, by March 2009, the government started tearing apart and Meghalaya was put under President's Rule, paving the way for the formation of another coalition government led by Congress.

The party had staked claim to form the government in the state at a meeting with the governor, officials and party leaders had said.

The Congress will look for every opportunity to fish in troubled waters, a situation that vests the smaller parties with huge bargaining power.

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. "All MLAs of different political parties must work together and in that we may face several challenges but we are confident to overcome these hurdles", Mr Sangma told reporters.

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

The task was the first tightrope walk for the young CM who is heading a six-party coalition government.

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