Meghalaya elections: Ahead of swearing-in ceremony, 1 ally ditches Conrad Sangma

Cheryl Sanders
March 7, 2018

According to official sources, the governor suggested Sangma form the government provided he proves his majority in Legislative Assembly by March 16.

Conrad Sangma has claimed support of 34 MLAs.

The ceremony was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah.

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 last month.

Meghalaya is the third state after Manipur and Goa where the Congress could not forge a post-poll alliance with any of the regional parties despite emerging as the single largest party.

The ministers who were also administered oath of office and secrecy included: Prestone Tynsong (NPP) James Sangma (NPP), A L Hek (BJP), Sniawbhalang Dhar (NPP), Comingone Ymbon (NPP), Metbah Lyngdoh (UDP), Lakmen Rymbui (UDP), Kyrmen Shylla (UDP), Banteidor Lyngdoh (PDF), Hamlet Dohling (PDF) and Samlinv Malngiang (HSPDP).

The Hill State People's Democratic Party, which is a BJP ally, had earlier said it has always stood for a non-Congress and non-BJP government, IANS reported. "He expressed confidence and said that he wants to work with all the 60 members of the assembly to take the state forward".

After the announcement, Deb accompanied by Gadkari met Governor Tathagata Roy at the Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form a BJP Government.

He will lead the five-party coalition government - Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).

"It will be a government of the regional political parties to be led by the NPP".

After swearing as the new Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma echoed his agenda of.

"We paraded 34 MLAs including 19 members from NPP and six UDP besides two from BJP and also Independents.Conrad Sangma will be the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya", BJP leader and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters after the meeting with Governor. "My best wishes to this team as it begins to work towards fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of the people of Meghalaya", he tweeted. The BJP has two legislators and our party has also chose to extend support to the NPP.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the BJP of following a risky game of destabilisation, subversion and usurpation of power in the north-eastern region.

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