Busy day for new Meghalaya CM Conrad

Busy day for new Meghalaya CM Conrad

Ardent Basaiawmoit said there was no need for the BJP to be part of the coalition when Meghalaya's regional parties had the numbers to form the government on their own in the state.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance" in the state.

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. Led by Conrad Sangma, NPP is looking to form a "secular non-Congress government" which will be sworn in on Tuesday. "It is the job of the alliance to decide who should lead the government", he said.

Sarma told the reporters that at the moment we have support of 34 legislators so far, but some more are expected to join our alliance. Expressing commitment to win back the trust of the people, he vowed to strengthen the party across the Northeast and said he respects the mandate of the people.

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Claiming to have set a "new benchmark of growth and development in the state", he said, "I expect them (new government) to carry this forward".

NPP President Conrad Sangma met Governor at Rajya Bhawan in Shillong and staked claim to form the Government. A major achievement of the previous chief minister, Mukul Sangma of the Congress, was that he could ensure political stability in the state for over eight years. NPP has won two seats and NDPP 16. The BJP, which won just two of the 59 seats it contested despite a high-voltage campaign, also played a role in influencing the parties to keep aside their differences and unite.

He twisted the hands of BJP President Amit Shah with his NPP and friendly NPF (Naga People's Front) unit of Manipur. He is the youngest son of former Meghalaya chief minister and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma. "Majority smeared saffron colour on the face of each other and danced to the tune of drums while many others were raising slogans 'Tripura te darkar, BJP sarkar" (Tripura needs BJP government).

The Congress too tried to woo UDP for the formation of the government in the state in the wake of the fractured mandate that emerged on 3 March.

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