Conrad Sangma sworn in as 12th Meghalaya CM

Meghalaya scenario: Conrad stakes claim to form govt

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NPP or National People's Party has a coalition with UDP or United Democratic Party, People's Democratic Front (PDF), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP.

Watching the ceremony were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, designated Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and former Assam and Mizoram Chief Ministers Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and Zoramthanga. With 19 seats in the assembly, two less than the main opposition, the Congress, in a House of 60, his National People's Party (NPP) is dependent on three other regional groups, and the BJP, to run the government.

Let's have a look at some interesting and lesser known facts about the 40-year-old Meghalaya CM, Conrad Sangma, who is said to be spearheading the return of regional parties.

# Sangma is the son of former Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Speaker of the Lok Sabha, of Purno Agitok Sangma.

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In Meghalaya, he said, as the BJP prepares to share power with just two MLAs, "every discordant party that fought BJP and each other, ideologically-politically-electorally, is sewn up to form the government at any cost".

NPP's Chief Conrad Sangma is all set to be the next chief minister of the state.

The prime minister asserted that the party should endeavour to live up to people's expectations as it rejoices in its electoral win and asked MPs to take to the masses details of the Union Budget that was aimed at building a new India.

"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 ruling Congress, which won 29 seats in the 2013 elections, is fighting the BJP that hopes to unseat the Mukul Sangma government. BJP's key strategist in the Northeast Himanta Bishwa Sarma was also present.

Sources said Patel and Nath would land in Shillong post noon and will hold discussions with party leaders there, including the outgoing Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma.

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging the largest party winning 21 seats.

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