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

08 March 2018

Eleven other ministers were also sworn in the same day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons were among a host of top BJP leaders, apart from Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who campaigned in the state. Congress, which was in power in the state for the last 10 years, bagged 21 constituencies out the 59 but fell short of majority mark by 10 seats following which it lost its long-kept throne from another state.

He said that the 34 legislators include 19 from NPP, six from UDP, four from PDF, two each from HSPDP and BJP, besides one Independent MLA Samuel Sangma. In Shillong, it won 12 seats in Nagaland and will join the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) to make a coalition government.

BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, announced after Mr Sangma staked claim to form the government and received an invite.

Governor Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 40-year-old Tura Lok Sabha member, who was projected as the leader of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition.

Conrad is the son of Purno Agitok Sangma, a former Lok Sabha speaker and Meghalaya chief minister.

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File image of Conrad Sangma. Extending their support, UDP said that they want to see a non-Congress government in Meghalaya. He later became the youngest finance minister of Meghalaya, under a UDP- led government.

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. But now that perception has changed with the BJP's victory in the Northeast.

"Since the whole election process is over, the chief minister has to submit his resignation and I did".

The development took place after MLAs from regional parties and the BJP came together against the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the results declared on Saturday but has failed despite that.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance" in the state.

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