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NPP's Conrad Sangma Sworn-In As 12th Chief Minister Of Meghalaya Today

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| March 6 , 2018 , 10:44 IST

National People's Party (NPP) supremo Conrad Kongkal Sangma was sworn-in as the 14th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, forming the government with allies Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and the BJP.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong and was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP national President Amit Shah and chairman of the North East Democratic Alliance Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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Although the Congress party emerged as the single largest party in the Meghalaya election results with 21 seats, the NPP alliance was able to gather the support of a total of 34 MLAs, with 19 MLAs from the NPP, 6 MLAs from the UDP, 4 from the People's Democratic Front (PDF), 2 from BJP,  2 from HSPDP and 1 independent.

Even after forming the alliance, the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) expressed reservations about forming the government with the BJP as well as the projection of Conrad Sangma as the Chief Ministerial candidate.

"A pre-poll alliance was forged between the UDP and HSPDP but they (UDP) did not consult us when they proposed the name of Conrad Sangma to be the Chief Minister," HSPDP President Ardent Basaiawmoit told journalists.

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However, the two HSPDP MLAs did sign the letter of support for Sangma which was handed over to Governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday.

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.

"We have offered formulas to the UDP for working together -- either the UDP should lead the government or share power for two-and-half years. But UDP President Donkupar Roy told me that this (formula) could have been discussed much earlier," Mukul Sangma said.

The new 40-year-old CM of Meghalaya Conrad Kongkal Sangma is the son of Purno Sangma, former chief minister of Meghalaya.