NPP's Conrad, backed by BJP, sworn-in as Meghalaya CM

With Almost No Local Power Can Rahul Gandhi Become A National Contender In 2019

Conrad Sangma, who became the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya today, had learnt his first lesson in politics when he was made campaign manager of his father in 1999. Until Mukul Sangma's advent, chief ministers in Meghalaya stayed in office for very short terms.

Basaiawmoit also feels that the regional forces in Meghalaya minus the Congress and the BJP can easily form the government as they have the numbers, adding that the party would welcome an alliance between NPP-UDP-HSPDP and PDF.

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.

The Home Minister Rajnath Singh took a jibe against the Congress Party by saying that BJP's recent victory in North East changed the perception that only Congress can survive there.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just ended polls, is the second largest party after the Congress which won 21 seats.

Metbah Lyngdoh, Lahkmen Rymbui and Kyrmen Shylla of the United Democratic Party as well as Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamletson Dohling of the People's Democratic Front also took oath as Cabinet ministers.

Sangma, who is heading the six-party Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government, allotted the key Home portfolio to his older brother James Sangma.

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.

Breaking his silence on the defeat in three northeast states, Gandhi said the Congress was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP, accusing it of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya.

As per the information, as soon as Conrad assumed his office, he was briefed by Chief Secretary Y Tsering and other senior government officials on the fiscal health of Meghalaya and the issues before his government to be solved as soon as possible. On the other hand, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which forged a pre-poll alliance with the BJP, unanimously elected Neiphiu Rio as its Legislature Party leader.

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