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Meghalaya swearing-in ceremony: Conrad Sangma takes oath as CM

08 March 2018, 01:42 | Tara Lloyd

People stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote at a polling station in Ro-Bohi Meghalaya

People stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote at a polling station in Ro-Bohi Meghalaya

Led by Sangma, the coalition leaders paid a called on Governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday and staked their claim to form the next government in Meghalaya.

Congress has sent senior party leaders Kamal Nath, Mukul Wasnik and Ahmed Patel to Shillong to avert Manipur and Goa like situation.

The chief minister, who is likely to keep the finance portfolio, also held a briefing with the top officials of the finance department, official sources said.

Son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma, Conrad is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura.

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Brought up in Delhi when his father was a Member of Parliament, Conrad was educated at St Columba's School there. "Governor shouldn't agree to this, they can't be the single largest party", Kharge told ANI.

Election to Williamnagar seat was countermanded following the death of NCP candidate Jonathone N. Sangma. NPP leader Conrad Sangma submitted a letter of support from 34 MLAs, including 19 from NPP, six from United Democratic Party (UDP), four from People's Democratic Front (PDF), two each from Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP, and an independent. "We are not a big player here". The National People's Party (NPP) president claimed on Monday that he has been invited by the Governor of Meghalaya to form the new government.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi said his party respected the mandate of the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya where the Congress failed to come to power in the recently-concluded assembly polls.

The Congress bagged 21 seats in the 60-member Assembly, eight less than the last elections.

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Contrary to Gandhi's stand, the party's chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, however, raised questions on the way the BJP was carrying out its expansion in the north-eastern states. "The UDP, which had led a regional alliance in 2008, still feels the pangs of betrayal by the Congress, which overthrew the coalition a year after to remain in power alone for adecade", Mawtoh said.

With Tuesday's swearing in, the Congress is now left with power only in the states of Punjab, Mizoram and poll-bound Karnataka.

"We will be discussing Government formation with our alliance partners and members of the PDF and the KHNAM soon", he said. BJP also contributed its 2 seats to the emerging alliance, after skillful negotiations by leader Himanta Biswa Sarma. "I want to say that we as a Cabinet, as a government and in fact, all the MLAs and political parties, will work together to take our state forward", the new Chief Minister told reporters later.

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