Conrad K Sangma takes oath as Meghalaya CM

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After its defeat in the state Assembly polls here, the BJP suggested the NPP and UDP on Saturday that to go in into an alliance to form a "non-congress government" in the state.

Among those who were sworn in includes Conrad Sangma's elder brother James Sangma besides three former Congress ministers - Prestone Tynsong, Comingone Ymbon and Sniawbhalang Dhar - who were elected to the Meghalaya Assembly as NPP members. He was also the Meghalaya chief minister from 1988 to 1990.

Conrad Sangma, the chief of the National People's Party (NPP) along with 11 other ministers took oath on Wednesday thereby paving the way for a new journey of five party coalition government of Meghalaya. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, former Assam CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio, BJP's key strategist and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and former Mizoram CM Zoramthanga, among others. This, however, is no easy task as is evident from the crisis within the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP), whose president initially objected to the inclusion of the BJP in the Conrad Sangma ministry.

"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", he added.

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The Congress was the single largest party bagging 21 seats. "The UDP was offered two options €" the party was offered to head the government with Congress providing the support for stability else the UDP leadership was offered to head the government for a period of two and half years while Congress would have led for the remaining portion of the tenure.

HSPDP President Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said that the party is not going with Conrad K Sangma led government.

Emerging from the meeting, he told journalists that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government will soon present a budget.

The HSPDP had a pre-poll alliance with the UDP.