Meghalaya’s first non-Congress government in 15 years took the oath of office on 08 March, 2018 with Shri Conrad Sangma taking charge as Chief Minister, following the Assembly election result that threw up a fractured mandate.
Earlier, with support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly, National People’s Party (NPP) chief Shri Conrad Sangma met Governor Shri Ganga Prasad in Shillong on 04 March, 2018 to stake his claim to form the next government in the state. “We met the governor and submitted a letter of support from 34 MLAs: Two of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 19 from the NPP, six of the United Democratic Party (UDP), four of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), two from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), and one Independent,” Shri Sangma said.
The regional parties UDP, HSPDP and PDF have extended their support to NPP on the condition that Shri Conrad, the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma, would be chief minister. Shri sangma, who is a non-elected member in the 60-member Assembly, was administered oath of office and secrecy along with his Council of Ministers. He now serves the state’s 12th Chief Minister.
Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and others attended the ceremony in Shillong.