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Busy day for new Meghalaya CM Conrad

09 March 2018

Prompting an end to the 10-year rule of the Congress Party in Meghalaya, National People's Party (NPP) president Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12th Chief Minister of the Meghalaya on Tuesday. He attended the swearing-in ceremony by the leader of the coalition government in Meghalaya where BJP is also a part.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just ended polls, is the second largest party after the Congress which won 21 seats.

Important portfolios like Finance, Home, Revenue, Commerce and Industries and PWD were retained by the NPP ministers.

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Sources said that 11 ministers will be inducted in the new government.

They are Prestone Tynsong, Comingone Ymbon, Sniawbhalang Dhar and Conrad's brother James P K Sangma (all from NPP), Metbah Lyngdoh, Lakhmen Rymbui, Kyrmen Shylla (all UDP), Banteidor Lyngdoh (PDF), Hamlet Dohling (PDF), Samlin Malngiang (HSPDP) and A L Hek (BJP). The parties in the MDA fought the elections on their own ideologies and beliefs, as Conrad Sangma told this newspaper.

Former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy, former Union Minister Agatha K. Sangma, former Rajya Sabha member Thomas Sangma also read the oath of office and secrecy.

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Breaking his silence on the defeat in three northeast states, Gandhi said the Congress was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP, accusing it of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya.

The Congress will look for every opportunity to fish in troubled waters, a situation that vests the smaller parties with vast bargaining power. He said in a football match there were certain players who could create a turnaround and Congress too had the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any given situation and whenever needed.

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Busy day for new Meghalaya CM Conrad