NPP president Conrad Sangma took oath as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday morning in a ceremony at Shillong presided by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad. Sangma was invited by the Raj Bhavan on Monday evening after a letter of support was submitted by the winning coalition.
Conrad Sangma’s NPP which secured 19 seats in a 60-member house has the support of 34 MLAs, including 2 MLAs of the BJP.
Sangma met Ganga Prasad last evening and staked claim to form the government with the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.
After the meeting, he had said, “We met the governor and submitted a letter of support from 34 MLAs — 19 of the NPP, six of the United Democratic Party (UDP), four of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), two each of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an Independent.”
Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the National Peoples Party (NPP), an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur.
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. The figure is 10 short of a simple majority.
Conrad Sangma (40) is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma, who died in 2016. He was elected a Member of Parliament in a by-election from the Tura constituency after his father’s death.
Sangma also met Regional Democratic Alliance chairman Donkupar Roy at his residence.
(With inputs from PTI)