MDA government wants "positive outlook" : Meghalaya CM

MDA government wants

MDA government wants "positive outlook" : Meghalaya CM

Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday after regional parties and the Bharatiya Janata Party supported his National People's Party to beat the Congress and form the government.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was following a risky game of destabilsation, subversion and usurpation of power in the region.

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.

The coalition has been dubbed as "Meghalaya Democratic Alliance".

Conrad Sangma is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura seat in Meghalaya. Later in the evening, Nagaland governor P B Acharya said after a meeting with Rio that the NDPP leader has the majority and should form the government.

"A non-Congress or non-BJP government could be formed along with the NPP, without working together with the BJP or Congress", the HSPDP chief said.

NPP's Chief Conrad Sangma is all set to be the next chief minister of the state.

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BJP's key strategist in the Northeast Dr Himanta Bishwa Sarma also witnessed the event.

The chief minister, who is likely to keep the finance portfolio, also held a briefing with the top officials of the finance department, official sources said.

The swearing-in of the new ministers would take place on March 9, he added.

The ruling Congress, which won 29 seats in the 2013 elections, is fighting the BJP that hopes to unseat the Mukul Sangma government.

The Congress's euphoria over recent by-poll victories may have been punctured after the party's dismal performance in the Northeast, but its leaders believe the results will have no bearing on Karnataka, which they are confident of holding on to.

He concluded by saying that "the oath taking was just the beginning and the real challenge and real work starts today".

Helped by the BJP, NDA constituent NPP, the second largest party in Meghalaya with 19 seats, managed to rope in regional parties to form a coalition government.

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