Conrad Sangma takes charge of Meghalaya as CM

Rahul Gandhi

National People's Party NPP leader Conrod Sangma will be the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging the largest party winning 21 seats.

Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel had rushed to Shillong on Saturday, along with former minister Kamal Nath, to attract the very three regional parties that made a decision to go with NPP along with some independents.

In the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of 59, at least 30 seats is required to form majority.

The swearing-in of the ministers will take place today morning. The regional party was formed by former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma in 2013 after he parted ways with Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party. Deb was unanimously elected the BJP Legislature Party (BJPLP) leader at a meeting here earlier in the day, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who attended it as the party's central observer, told newsmen. North East Assembly Election results in 2018 in 3 NE states crucial for BJP's morale ahead of 2019 General Election.

Conrad Sangma, chief of National People's Party (NPP), took oath as even as the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) expressed reservation in forming the government with the BJP.

All these party leaders met Governor Ganga Prasad in Raj Bhawan this evening to stake claim to form the next government.

"The governor has invited me to form the government since I have the numbers", Sangma said.

He twisted the hands of BJP President Amit Shah with his NPP and friendly NPF (Naga People's Front) unit of Manipur. It is now in power in Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh and is going to form governments in Tripura, Nagaland and perhaps Meghalaya.

First time UDP MLA Kyrmen Shylla, 26, became the youngest minister.

The NPP won 19 seats, the UDP secured six seats while its alliance partner the HSPDP got two seats. "A lot of them 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).

In Tripura, the government formation process is expected to be completed by March 10.

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