Conrad is Meghalaya CM, Biplab named for Tripura

Casey Dawson
March 9, 2018

The Congress, which has been in power in the state for the last 10 years, won 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls on February 27, 2018.

"In fact, Conrad did not want to become chief minister, but he was requested to take up the role", Agatha said.

During an interaction with the media, a question countered CM Sangma that whether the MDA can be called as BJP-led government, on this he replied that all members are equal in governance and MDA is a coalition government including NPP, UDP, BJP, HSPDP, and PDP.

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.

That was the time when P A Sangma had left the Congress and was closely associated with Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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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United Democratic Party's Lakmen Rymbui, who returned to active politics after losing the 2013 assembly elections has been given charge of border area development, education (literacy and higher and technical), forest and environment. NPP got 11 seats in Garo Hills and the remaining eight in Khasi Hills.

Conrad Sangma's skills of persuasion and negotiation will be tested if the contradictions within the five-party coalition, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), come to the fore. "All MLAs of different political parties must work together and in that we may face several challenges but we are confident to overcome these hurdles", Mr Sangma told reporters.

Meanwhile, the HSPDP, a partner in the new coalition government in Meghalaya, has already made a discordant note as it expressed its unhappiness over the way ally UDP bulldozed its way to name Conrad as the chief minister without consulting it.

"I am a little emotional. God is kind", she said.

"I hope he carries forward the hopes and dreams of the people of the state", she said.

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