Not just carrying on father's legacy, Conrad Sangma comes into his own

Sangma on Wednesday allotted portfolios to the newly inducted ministers, while keeping a few to himself including finance, personnel, planning.

Earlier, Conrad Sangma met the Meghalaya Governor to stake claim to form the government in the state, with the support of 34 members, including those from NPP, BJP, United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and others. The Oath taking ceremony will take place on 6th March at 10.30 am.

Among those who were sworn in includes Conrad Sangma's elder brother James Sangma besides three former Congress ministers - Prestone Tynsong, Comingone Ymbon and Sniawbhalang Dhar - who were elected to the Meghalaya Assembly as NPP members.

HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit, who lost in the election, stated before media that it was not the job of the UDP to decide as to who would be the leader of the NPP and the chief minister of the state. Having joined the government, the BJP's activities elsewhere will come under closer scrutiny and may impact the life of the coalition. He, however, retracted when leaders of the three parties told him that joining the Congress will not guarantee a stable government and the Modi government will starve the state of funds required for development.

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.

"The cabinet discussed several issues and ministers also held discussions with officials of their respective departments", the chief minister said. NPP has won two seats and NDPP 16.

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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.

The Congress now rules Meghalaya and is set to emerge as the single largest party in the state, according to trends available for most of the seats in the state.

As per reports, the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) which is one of the coalition partners had threatened to boycott Sangma's swearing-in ceremony.

Even in Meghalaya it didn't get enough numbers to form government.

The regional National People's Party came in second with 19 seats. The BJP swiftly announced an alliance and formed government.

  • Megan Austin