Hiccups ahead of Conrad Sangma taking oath as Meghalaya Chief Minister today


Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12 chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, The oath taking ceremony in Shillong was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and other top party leaders.

The new Chief Minister urged his coalition to work together as a team to ensure that Meghalaya made rapid progress. "I hope he carries forward the hopes and dreams of the people of the state", she said.

Conrad has two siblings - bother James Sangma and sister Agatha.

The regional parties' ruling alliance, Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) of ten years back, had a bitter experience as it collapsed exactly a year after its formation in 2008 because of differences among the allies that spun out of control of the then chief minister Donkupar Roy. He was also the Meghalaya chief minister from 1988 to 1990.

On Monday evening, HSPDP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit told journalists his party won't be part of the new coalition as they were opposed to the BJP and didn't support Conrad as the CM candidate. After garnering the support of 34 MLAs in a 30 member assembly, NPP's Sangma was invited by the Governor Ganga Prasad to form the government in the state. Even though BJP managed only 2 seats in the state, it is part of the Government.

Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamletson Dohling of the People's Democratic Front (PDF) also took oath as ministers.

Along with Mr Sangma, 11 other legislators of the newly-formed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government were administered the oath of office and secrecy as Cabinet ministers.

As the BJP and its alliance partners were on Monday all set to form Governments in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the Congress said the BJP's "blind quest for power is superseding stability" of the north-east region.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was following a risky game of destabilsation, subversion and usurpation of power in the region.

Conrad, the lone MP of the NPP from Tura and the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker late Purno Agitok Sangma, will have to get elected within six months as the member of the 10th Meghalaya Assembly to continue as the chief minister.

Speaking to media persons after the first cabinet meeting of the newly-installed Government, Conrad Sangma said that the state was facing challenge when it came to execution of projects.