NPP chief says Meghalaya Guv invites him to form govt

Jon Howard
March 8, 2018

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.

Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday after regional parties and the Bharatiya Janata Party supported his National People's Party to beat the Congress and form the government.

"There is support from different agencies from the Centre to help developmental process in the state but I think it requires a bit of more committed efforts at the state level to ensure that utilisation is done in a proper manner and projects are completed on time", Sangma said.

Extending his best wishes for the new chief minister, Mukul Sangma expressed hope that the new administration would be able to come up to the people expectations of the people. He later became the youngest finance minister of Meghalaya, under a UDP- led government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed the BJP's performance in Tripura an "ideological victory" and said the message should be spread across the country. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi welcomed the people's mandate but slammed BJP for creating an "opportunistic" alliance.

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"If we say there is no challenges, then we are running away from the truth". Yes, he had to stitch in the coalition to form the Government, but the turnaround for the party has been remarkable.

"A pre-poll alliance was forged between the UDP and HSPDP but they (UDP) did not consult us when they proposed the name of Conrad Sangma to be the Chief Minister", HSPDP President Ardent Basaiawmoit told journalists.

The Congress on Saturday won 21 seats in the 60-member Assembly, making it the single largest party, but it was 10 seats short of an absolute majority.

The ruling alliance will be headed by the NPP with 19 seats, and comprise the United Democratic Party (6 seats), People's Democratic Front (4 seats), Hill State People's Democratic Party (2 seats) and one Independent. Eleven other ministers also took an oath along with Sangma.

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