BJP-backed Conrad Sangma to be Meghalaya CM, swearing-in on Monday

Marsha Scott
March 9, 2018

Senior NPP leader Prestone Tynsong, who was sworn in as a Cabinet minister soon after Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took oath on Tuesday, said the choice of chief minister was not in human hands.

"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation". The victory of Gujarat and Himachal will have huge impact here in Tripura because the worthless government which is ruling here for the last 25 years is dependent on the defeat or victory of BJP in some other state as they do not have any report card of their own.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma allocated portfolios to his eleven ministerial colleagues on Wednesday evening, while keeping several, including finance, personnel, cabinet affairs and planning, with himself.

"It is never easy", NDTV quoted Conard Sangma as saying, but said he hoped that the coalition led by his NPP would deliver on its mandate. The chief minister has hinted that the alliance "will find out areas where there are contradictions" and "quarantine them" or "figure out how to resolve them".

BJP national spokesperson and Meghalaya in-charge Nalin S Kohli said Union home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and BJP strategist and North East Democratic Alliance (Neda) convener Himanta Biswa Sarma will attend the ceremony.

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Earlier in the day, Gandhi said his party respected the mandate of the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya where the Congress failed to come to power in the recently-concluded assembly polls. Following which the NPP got support from United Democratic Party (UDP), People's Democratic Front (PDF), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an independent.

"We will work to take our state forward", he said after being elected as the new chief minister of the state. He was elected a Member of Parliament in a by-election from Tura constituency after his father's death. One independent MLA and a JDU legislator also extend support in government formation.

On Monday, the HSPDP expressed reservation in forming the government with the BJP and also objected to Sangma being projected as the Chief Minister. NPP has won two seats and NDPP 16.

The party threatened to boycott the swearing-in ceremony but with HSPDP legislator Malgniang joining the new government, speculations are now rife that both he and the party's other legislator could join UDP-with whom HSPDP had a pre-poll alliance.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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