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


Sangma, 40, who is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Prasad at the Raj Bhavan, reports PTI. I also congratulate all others who were sworn in today.

Sangma told PTI and other reporters, "It is not an easy task".

"... We feel that governance has been missing and it is important to get everything on track and of course many sectors that need to be looked into", he said. "There was a perception that only Congress party can survive in the north-east but now that BJP has gained victory here that perception will change", said Rajnath Singh.

Tynsong was to be appointed as the chief minister but the condition that UDP put forth for extending support to NPP was that Conrad should head the government.

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.

On Tuesday morning, Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office to Mr. Sangma and 11 Cabinet Ministers at the Raj Bhavan in Meghalaya capital Shillong.

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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.

"I hope he carries forward the hopes and dreams of the people of the state", she said. He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of all the BJP-ruled states would be invited to the swearing-in ceremony, reports PTI.

The MDA includes five political parties that include six MLAs from the United Democratic Party, four from the People's Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party besides two Independent members.

The HSPDP had a pre-poll alliance with the UDP.

In a statement, he said, the MDA government will work to bring an all over development of Meghalaya eliminating the concept of developing a region or an area.