Conrad Sangma allocates portfolios to his council of ministers

Mukul Sangma AFP

Outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma said, "I wish the new team my best wishes and I hope they do justice to the people and the state befitting to the expectations and aspirations of those who have given them the mandate".

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma leading the National People's Party (NPP) -led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government today allocated portfolios to his newly sworn-in council of ministers. Following which the NPP got support from United Democratic Party (UDP), People's Democratic Front (PDF), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an independent. He was also the Meghalaya chief minister from 1988 to 1990. "I congratulate Conrad Sangma". However, in the 59-seater assembly, this means a no clear majority for any party to form a government.

"We want a non-Congress and non-BJP government", Basaiawmoit said.

However, by March 2009, the government started tearing apart and Meghalaya was put under President's Rule, paving the way for the formation of another coalition government led by Congress.

It is an interesting fact to know that it was Sarma who then, in the capacity of a Congress leader, had helped the Congress to come back to power in Meghalaya in 2010. "The UDP and HSPDP had a pre-poll alliance for the just-concluded Assembly polls €" where UDP won six seats and HSPDP won two seats.

Reacting to former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's description of the MDA government as a "bundle of contradiction", Conrad Sangma admitted that running a coalition would always be a challenging task.

Soradini Sangma was present at the sprawling greens of the Raj Bhavan here to watch her son take oath as the 12th chief minister of the state.

Conrad Sangma is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura seat in Meghalaya.

He added: "Congress has the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any situation".

A graduate in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the University of London, Conrad Sangma's electoral stint began in 2008 when he was elected to the state assembly and served one year as the finance minister in the Donkupar Roy-led- non Congress government.

On Sunday, Zeliang was given 48 hours by the Governor to submit a letter of support from BJP chief Shah after he claimed the NPF's 15-year alliance with the saffron party was still on.

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