Conrad Sangma takes oath as Meghalaya CM

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Published: February 4,2020 04:47 PM
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National People's Party chief Conrad Sangma on Tuesday took oath as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya despite alliance partner Hill State People's Democratic Party's reservation

March 6, 2018: National People's Party chief Conrad Sangma on Tuesday took oath as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya despite alliance partner Hill State People's Democratic Party's reservation in forming the government with the BJP.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah were present at the swearing-in ceremony of Sangma and others in state capital Shillong.

The 40-year-old Conrad lost the support of the Hill State People's Democratic Party, which has two MLAs, a day before being sworn in as the chief minister. But it won't affect his chances of becoming the chief minister because he still has the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.

The Bharatiya Janata Party played a pivotal role in stitching up a mega alliance and secures the support of 34 legislators to form the next government. It won two seats in the hill state.

The ruling alliance will be headed by the National People's Party with 19 seats, and comprise the United Democratic Party (6 seats), People's Democratic Front (4 seats), Bharatiya Janata Party (2 seats) and one Independent.

The Hill State People's Democratic Party said on Monday it opposed Sangma as the chief minister because “he is not an elected MLA as well as the BJP is a part of the coalition government.

The state is abuzz with talk of cabinet berth allotment and how Sangma would give representation to regional allies. The BJP's northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday there would not be a deputy CM in the government.