Conrad Sangma sworn in as new Chief Minister of Meghalaya

Conrad Sangma sworn in as new Chief Minister of Meghalaya

The 40-year-old son of former chief minister and Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma was sworn in by Meghalaya governor Ganga Prasad during a brief ceremony at the Raj Bhawan.

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

However, by March 2009, the government started tearing apart and Meghalaya was put under President's Rule, paving the way for the formation of another coalition government led by Congress.

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. Expressing commitment to win back the trust of the people, he vowed to strengthen the party across the Northeast and said he respects the mandate of the people. All MLAs from supporting parties - UDP, HSPDP and People's Democratic Front (PDF) - and an independent were present when Conrad met the governor.

The swear-in ceremony of the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya reportedly took place in the presence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah.

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

He returned to electoral politics in 2016, when the Tura Lok Sabha seat fell vacant following the sudden death of his father due to a heart attack.

Sarma said Conrad will be the next chief minister and that there will be no deputy chief minister in the new government.

While BJP won 2, NCP has 1, HSPDP has two seats and there are three Independents and one MLA belongs to a smaller party Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement. The BJP, which won just two of the 59 seats it contested despite a high-voltage campaign, also played a role in influencing the parties to keep aside their differences and unite. "But UDP President Donkupar Roy told me that this (formula) could have been discussed much earlier", Mukul Sangma said. "My best wishes to this team as it begins work towards fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of the people of Meghalaya", the Prime Minister's tweet read.

The NPF will sit in the Opposition despite emerging as the single largest party by winning 27 seats. The BJP swiftly announced an alliance and formed government.

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