Conrad K Sangma takes oath as Meghalaya CM

Marie Harrington
March 9, 2018

Senior NPP leader Prestone Tynsong, who was sworn in as a Cabinet minister soon after Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took oath on Tuesday, said the choice of chief minister was not in human hands.

His father Purno A Sangma was a nine-time parliamentarian and Meghalaya chief minister from 1988 to 1990.

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

Meanwhile, the HSPDP, a partner in the new coalition government in Meghalaya, has already made a discordant note as it expressed its unhappiness over the way ally UDP bulldozed its way to name Conrad as the chief minister without consulting it.

The newly elected Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has assumed the office on the same day and later he held a press conference where he assured the populace of bringing development in every nook and corner of the state.

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.

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Former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy, former Union Minister Agatha K. Sangma, former Rajya Sabha member Thomas Sangma also read the oath of office and secrecy.

When asked, Conrad's sister and South Tura legislator Agatha Sangma said acceptability was a factor when it came to the leadership issue. "We now see there is a possibility to have such a government where the NPP-led coalition could have easily been formed with 32 MLAs", Basaiawmoit said. However, in the 59-seater assembly, this means a no clear majority for any party to form a government.

Reacting to former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's description of the MDA government as a "bundle of contradiction", Conrad Sangma admitted that running a coalition would always be a challenging task.

"We understand your desperation as you shrink in political space and face the prospect of being reduced to power only in Puducherry", he said.

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

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

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