Conrad Sangma allocates portfolios to his council of ministers

  • Conrad Sangma allocates portfolios to his council of ministers

Conrad Sangma allocates portfolios to his council of ministers

"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation".

Basaiawmoit also questioned the choice of Conard Sangma as the next chief minister when even the NPP had projected another leader, Prestone Tynsong, as the party's presumptive chief minister.

As per the results of the Meghalaya State Assembly polls declared on March 3, the Congress party retained its hold with 21 seats, while the NPP bagged 19 seats.

Watching the ceremony were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, designated Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and former Assam and Mizoram Chief Ministers Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and Zoramthanga.

The Congress was in power in Meghalaya for the last 15 years.

After a year of President's Rule imposed in the state, the Congress cobbled up an alliance to form the government in 2010. It has the support of six legislators from the United Democratic Party, four from People's Democratic Front (PDF), and two each from the HSPDP and the BJP, besides an Independent lawmaker Samuel Sangma. Post-election, Conrad, a Lok Sabha MP, was preferred over Agatha, elected to the assembly from a stronghold of their late father, Purno Sangma.

Soradini Sangma was present at the sprawling greens of the Raj Bhavan here to watch her son take oath as the 12th chief minister of the state. "We met the Governor and sought his invitation to the single largest party to be called first to form the Government as per convention", former Union Minister Nath told PTI.

The Congress now rules Meghalaya and is set to emerge as the single largest party in the state, according to trends available for most of the seats in the state. He is supported by regional political parties including 2 MLA's from BJP. Though it sailed with NDPP into the election, BJP is now in a position to decide who is a better partner in the long run.

In the 2013 assembly elections, the NPP had won just two out the 32 it contested with a vote share of less than 10 per cent. The HSPDP and the UDP had forged a pre-poll alliance in 36 seats in Khasi and Jaintia Hills, while the UDP had tied up with the Garo National Council for 24 seats in the Garo Hills.