Governor invites NPP to form Govt in Meghalaya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Mar 2018 08:55:50



NPP president Conrad Sangma to be new Meghalaya CM

Swearing-in of the new Ministers today

NATIONAL People’s Party (NPP) President Conrad Sangma on Monday said that he has been invited by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad to form Government in the State.
He said the swearing-in of the new Ministers would take place on Tuesday.

“The Governor has invited me to form the Government since I have the numbers”, Sangma said.
Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the National People’s Party (NPP), an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur.

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. The party is 10 seats short of a simple majority. Sangma had met the Governor on Sunday evening and staked claim to form the Government in the State, with the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. After meeting the Governor, he had said, “We met the Governor and submitted a letter of support from 34 MLAs -- 19 of the NPP, six of the United Democratic Party (UDP), four of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), two each of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an Independent.”

Conrad Sangma (40) is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker (L) P A Sangma who died in 2016. He was elected a Member of Parliament in a by-election from Tura constituency after his father’s death.

As the BJP and its alliance partners were on Monday all set to form Governments in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the Congress said the BJP’s “blind quest for power is superseding stability” of the north-east region.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was following a dangerous game of destabilsation, subversion and usurpation of power in the region.

“Our best wishes to the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya... We hope that people’s issues, particularly (of the) youth, would be addressed as first priority,” Surjewala tweeted. He said every Indian was concerned that this “assumption of power ‘at any cost’ and ‘by any means’ by the BJP isn’t blinding it into destabilising the entire north-eastern region".

Stressing that Chief Ministerial candidate Conrad Sangma and his NPP have promised division of Meghalaya, he asked: “... what is Modiji’s take on it?”
Hiccups ahead of oath taking: National People’s Party (NPP) supremo Conrad Kongkal Sangma will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday even as the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) expressed reservation in forming the Government with the BJP.

The HSPDP, which has stitched a post-poll alliance with the NPP, also objected to the lone NPP Lok Sabha member Sangma being projected as the Chief Minister.
But the HSPDP legislators -- Renikton Lyngdoh and Samlin Malngiang -- have signed the letter of support, which was handed over to Governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday projecting Sangma as their leader to lead the non-Congress government.