Rahul Gandhi back in Delhi, comments on Northeast elections

Rahul accuses BJP of 'usurping' power, forming 'opportunistic' alliance in Meghalaya

Conrad Sangma, who became the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya today, had learnt his first lesson in politics when he was made campaign manager of his father in 1999.

Conrad Kongkal Sangma, chief of the National People's Party (NPP), took oath as the chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, March 6, in Shillong. A former minister of Meghalaya, Conrod Sangma is the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma. Ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) is eyeing the deputy chief ministers' post.

Asked about the challenges of running a coalition government, the 40-year-old Tura MP said, "It is not an easy task. But their (HSPDP) legislators are very much with us, they have expressed their opinion and both are here with us", Conrad Sangma told journalists.

On Monday, Ardent Basaiawmoit, president of the HSPDP objected to Conard Sangma, a Lok Sabha member, being named to be the alliance's chief minister, without consulting all constituents.

Rahul accuses BJP of 'usurping' power, forming 'opportunistic' alliance in Meghalaya

Regarding the Congress forming alliances in Meghalaya, outgoing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the single largest party in the state did approach UDP, but an alliance could not be finalised. Congress emerged as the largest single party in the Meghalaya elections, but like Goa, Congress would have to warm the opposition. Union Minister and BJP Karnataka poll in-charge Prakash Javadekar has said that the impact of the BJP victory in the north-east will be felt in the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls as well.

Hill State People's Democratic Party legislator Samlin Malngiang was allotted Public Health Engineering, Secretariat Administration and Legal Metrology. He failed to win the support of voters in 2013, losing to Congress's Clement Marak from Selsella by a margin of over 2,000 votes. Yes, he had to stitch in the coalition to form the Government, but the turnaround for the party has been remarkable.

Zeliang delayed his resignation by two days in an attempt to secure the support of the BJP despite the BJP-NDPP combine having staked claim to form the government with the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member House.

He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was "obsessed with grabbing power using big money to create an opportunistic alliance".




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