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

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

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

The regional parties' ruling alliance, Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) of ten years back, had a bitter experience as it collapsed exactly a year after its formation in 2008 because of differences among the allies that spun out of control of the then chief minister Donkupar Roy.

The Congress, which has been in power in the state for the last 10 years, won 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls on February 27, 2018.

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

His 11-member team includes Prestone Tynsong, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, Conrad's brother James PK Sangma, Lakhmen Rymbui, Kyrmen Shylla, Metbah Lyngdoh, Banteidor Lyngdoh, Hamlet Dohling, Samlin Malngiang and AL Hek.

The party had staked claim to form the government in the state at a meeting with the governor, officials and party leaders had said. Following which the NPP got support from United Democratic Party (UDP), People's Democratic Front (PDF), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an independent.

Adding to this, he also said that their government is confident of facing all the hurdles and challenges before it while governing the state. In Goa and Manipur, the BJP has formed coalition governments.

Conrad Sangma defeated the then chief minister Mukul Sangma's wife Dikkanchi D Shira by almost two lakh votes, retaining the seat held by his late father for over four decades by the highest margin ever.

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. "All MLAs of different political parties must work together and in that we may face several challenges but we are confident to overcome these hurdles", Mr Sangma told reporters.

The Congress too tried to woo UDP for the formation of the government in the state in the wake of the fractured mandate that emerged on 3 March.

The party's two MLAs are signatories to the letter of support to the NPP-led coalition government.

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