NPP chief Conrad Sangma, backed by BJP, takes oath as Meghalaya CM


Cornard Sangma, the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Meghalaya is known for his capabilities and efficiency. "There was a perception that only Congress party can survive in the northeast but now that BJP has gained victory here that perception will change", Rajnath Singh told reporters.

Regarding the Congress forming alliances in Meghalaya, outgoing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the single largest party in the state did approach UDP, but an alliance could not be finalised.

"Our best wishes to the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. I am sure that the new government of Meghalaya under the central guidance of PM \@ narendramodi ji will act as a double engine to bring peace, progress and prosperity in the state of Meghalaya", Shah tweeted. It was backed by six United Democratic Party (UDP) legislators, four from People's Democratic Front (PDF) MLAs, two each from BJP and Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) MLAs including one independent that raised the overall alliance to 34.

"A non-Congress or non-BJP government could be formed along with the NPP, without working together with the BJP or Congress", the HSPDP chief said. He was Meghalaya's youngest finance minister at the age of 30.

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Meanwhile, the HSPDP - which convened an emergent central executive committee meeting - has expressed reservation to cobble up with the BJP since its (HSPDP's) stand has always been for a non-Congress or non-BJP government.

A stark feature of the MDA ministry is the absence of women in the 12-member cabinet, especially since the NPP had projected Conrad's sister, Agatha, a former Union minister, as its chief minister nominee.

As the BJP and its alliance partners were on Monday all set to form Governments in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the Congress said the BJP's "blind quest for power is superseding stability" of the north-east region.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was following a unsafe game of destabilsation, subversion and usurpation of power in the region. Governor PB Acharya asked Zeliang to continue in office until Rio is sworn in as Chief Minister on March 8.