Governor invites NPP to form Govt in Meghalaya

Conrad to take oath as CM today; HSPDP wants no truck with 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.

Newly sworn-in Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday expressed confidence that his Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government would be able to face all the challenges before it.

"A non-Congress or non-BJP government could be formed along with the NPP, without working together with the BJP or Congress", the HSPDP chief said. "I hope he carries forward the hopes and dreams of the people of the state", she said. He is the youngest son of former Meghalaya chief minister and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma. But now that perception has changed with the BJP's victory in the Northeast.

Despite a fractured mandate in the Assembly polls, the state is going to witness its first non-Congress government taking charge in 15 years.

He also used the hashtag "DemocracyDemonetised" with his tweet to target the BJP.

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"Stressing that Chief Ministerial candidate Conrad Sangma and his NPP have promised division of Meghalaya, he asked: ". what is Modiji's take on it?" Having joined the government, the BJP's activities elsewhere will come under closer scrutiny and may impact the life of the coalition.

In a statement, he spoke to the media that there was a perception that only the Congress can survive in the Northeast.

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

The Conrad Sangma government is supported by the United Democratic Party (6 MLAs), Peoples' Democratic Party (4), two MLAs each of the Hills State Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP and an Independent MLA Samuel Sangma. Yes, he had to stitch in the coalition to form the Government, but the turnaround for the party has been remarkable.

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.

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