BJP has 'demonetised' democracy: Rahul on Meghalaya govt formation

According to PTI sources senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong on Saturday morning to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya

Meanwhile, the HSPDP, a partner in the new coalition government in Meghalaya, has already made a discordant note as it expressed its unhappiness over the way ally UDP bulldozed its way to name Conrad as the chief minister without consulting it.

A graduate in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the University of London, Conrad Sangma's electoral stint began in 2008 when he was elected to the state assembly and served one year as the finance minister in the Donkupar Roy-led- non Congress government.

"Congratulations to \@ SangmaConrad on taking oath as Meghalaya CM. We will work on a common agenda", Sangma told reporters outside the Raj Bhavan in Shillong on Sunday, when asked about the challenges of forming a coalition government, reported PTI.

"... We feel that governance has been missing and it is important to get everything on track and of course many sectors that need to be looked into", he said.

Shah also took to Twitter to congratulate Sangma.

A stark feature of the MDA ministry is the absence of women in the 12-member cabinet, especially since the NPP had projected Conrad's sister, Agatha, a former Union minister, as its chief minister nominee.

The BJP which won two seats in the state cobbled up a post-poll alliance led by the National People's Party (NPP), which bagged 19 seats.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just ended polls, is the second largest party after the Congress which won 21 seats.

On Saturday, a delegation of three Congress leaders-Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and C.P. Joshi-had also staked claim to form the government in a meeting with the governor, but the party is unlikely to cobble up the numbers.

Sarma said Conrad will be the next chief minister and that there will be no deputy chief minister in the new government. "The governor has appointed me the chief minister of the state", Deb said. He added that the coalition was "expected", and that the BJP was "very happy with the outcome".

Others in the cabinet are Prestone Tynsong, Comingone Ymbon and Sniawbhalanag Dhar from the NPP, Metbah Lyngdoh, Lahkmen Rymbui and Kyrmen Shylla from the United Democratic Party, Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamletson Dohling of People's Democratic Front.


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