The 40 year old chief of the National People’s Party (NPP), Conrad Sangma, on Tuesday took oath as Meghalaya’s chief minister at the head of a five-party coalition. The BJP is one of the partners and party chief Amit Shah and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh are expected to attend the oath ceremony in state capital Shillong.
Conrad Sangma the son of P. A. Sangma the former Lok Sabha speaker and the head of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)had admitted that it wasn’t going to be easy running a coalition government.
“It is never easy,” Sangma, told a news channel , but said he hoped that the the coalition led by his NPP would deliver on its mandate. Even he, however, would not have seen his first challenge appear less than 24 hours later.
The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) one of the coalition partners threatened to boycott Sangma’s swearing-in ceremony. On Monday, Ardent Basaiawmoit, president of the HSPDP objected to Sangma, a Lok Sabha member, being named to be the alliance’s chief minister, without consulting all constituents.
Conrad Sangma’s NPP has won 19 seats in the assembly elections and has the support of six legislators from the United Democratic Party, four from People’s Democratic Front (PDF), and two each from the HSPDP and the BJP, besides an Independent lawmaker Samuel Sangma.