Sonowal attends swearing-in-ceremony of Meghalaya council of ministers

Rahul accuses BJP of 'usurping' power, forming 'opportunistic' alliance in Meghalaya

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.

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Chief Minister Sangma retained Cabinet Affairs, Political, Personnel, Finance, Programme Implementation, Industries and all other Departments not allocated to other Ministers and residual matters.

Talking to reports after the swearing-in ceremony, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sharma said, "We are clear on our agenda of good governance, many sectors need to be looked into".

Rahul accuses BJP of 'usurping' power, forming 'opportunistic' alliance in Meghalaya

In a letter to Rio, Governor PB Acharya said he had received letters of support in his favour from MLAs of the BJP, JD-U and an Independent, apart from the NDPP legislators.Rio, a three-time former Chief Minister, will be sworn-in on March 8 at a public ground in Kohima along with 11 ministers. 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.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just concluded Meghalaya Assembly polls, is the second largest party after the Congress winning 21 seats. He also said, "I hope both the governments in Meghalaya and Assam work in tandem to bolster development of both states and advance the mutual interests for the benefit of all sections of the people". "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong leadership is responsible for it." he added. The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) is an NPP led alliance government that has shown confidence in dealing with the problems the state is facing. Deb was unanimously elected the BJP Legislature Party (BJPLP) leader at a meeting here earlier in the day, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who attended it as the party's central observer, told newsmen.

The HSPDP had a pre-poll alliance with the UDP. He has been asked to prove his majority on or before March 16.

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