Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Meghalaya govt will be able to face all challenges: CM Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya govt will be able to face all challenges: CM Conrad Sangma

Conrad Sangma, head of the National People's Party (NPP), who is all set to become the new chief minister of the hill state, got a jolt on Monday when one of his alliance partners, the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) with two MLAs, decided not to be a part of the government.

Outgoing chief minister Sangma has alleged that the BJP has brought the regional parties together to piggy ride on them and fire from their shoulder in the state after formation the new government. "We will work to take our state forward".

"There is support from different agencies from the Centre to help developmental process in the state but I think it requires a bit of more committed efforts at the state level to ensure that utilisation is done in a proper manner and projects are completed on time", Sangma said. Mr. Sangma, a Lok Sabha member, is the president of the National People's Party (NPP).

"During the election we have campaigned that we want to have a non-Congress and non-BJP government, this is the reason we don't want the BJP", HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit told reporters.

The party had staked claim to form the government in the state at a meeting with the governor, officials and party leaders had said. On the other hand, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which forged a pre-poll alliance with the BJP, unanimously elected Neiphiu Rio as its Legislature Party leader.

The Conrad Sangma government is supported by the United Democratic Party (6 MLAs), Peoples' Democratic Party (4), two MLAs each of the Hills State Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP and an Independent MLA Samuel Sangma.

In the recently held Assembly elections, the Congress was ousted from power in Meghalaya while the party could not win a single seat in Tripura and Nagaland.

He said the swearing-in of the new Ministers would take place on Tuesday. Having joined the government, the BJP's activities elsewhere will come under closer scrutiny and may impact the life of the coalition. The BJP, which won just two of the 59 seats it contested despite a high-voltage campaign, also played a role in influencing the parties to keep aside their differences and unite.

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