Congress now has 21 MLAs in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly. Ruling National People's Party (NPP), which is currently leading the coalition government in the state with the support of regional parties and BJP, has 20 MLAs.
A blow to freedom of press in Meghalaya as a bomb goes off under the bedroom window of Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim
Meghalaya urban affairs minister Hamlet Dohling pointed out that implementing developmental projects in hilly areas is not easy as compared to plain areas.
The SP said both the vehicles were seized and investigation is on to find out if the minister’s son was in an inebriated condition when he was driving the car.
Sangma has been in custody since 30 July 2012 and moved the top court claiming that the police allegedly continued to implicate him in different cases and that proper documents were not produced during the arrests.
Conrad Sangma said, "I don't want to be seen as a person who is forcing people but I think it is important that we as leaders lead by example."
"The government of Meghalaya is committed to its goal of ensuring that the state is free of militants and criminals," Sangma said after eight GNLA cadres surrendered before him at the police headquarters on Monday.
"The cabinet had sent the list of portfolios to Raj Bhavan and Governor Ganga Prasad approved it," the senior official told PTI.
Conrad, son of former Lok Sabha Speaker and Union minister late P A Sangma, is currently a Lok Sabha member from Tura, and is heading a 12-member Cabinet.
The National People’s Party-led five-party coalition has been named the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).
"I am a little emotional. It was a dream of his late father Purno A Sangma to see his son rise to this level. God is kind," she told PTI.
The ceremony was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah. Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh and BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli were also present.
National People's Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma took the oath as chief minister of Meghalaya today along with 11 party leaders. The ceremony was attended by BJP national president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
BJP president Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are set to attend the oath-taking ceremony. NPP leaders said Conrad and 11 ministers will be sworn in today.
With Meghalaya slipping from the clutch of Congress, the grand-old party now remains in power only in three other states, including Karnataka where elections are slated next month, and Puducherry.
The Congress put all its might in Meghalaya pre- and post-elections, and rushed its bigwigs — Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath, C P Joshi and Mukul Wasnik — to Shillong and staked claim Saturday midnight.
Meghalaya election results: Led by Conrad Sangma’s NPP, the BJP brought together regional parties UDP, HSPDP and the PDF and met the Governor to stake claim to form the next government, claiming the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member House.
Of the 10 seats the party could retain this time, the party witnessed a decrease in victory margin in four — Umroi, Nongpoh, Rangsakona and Ampati. It recorded a rise in victory margin in East Shillong, Mawsynram, Ranikor, Selsella, Mahendraganj and Salmanpara.
National People's Party's Conrad Sangma met Meghalaya governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday to stake claim to form the new government in Meghalaya. BJP's northeast strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma who arrived in support of Sangma said that Sangma will be the next CM of Meghalaya
Meghalaya Election Results 2018: The Congress has rushed senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath, Mukul Wasnik, and AICC general secretary in charge of the Northeast C P Joshi to Shillong to explore the possibility of forming the government.