Conrad Sangma, chief of National People’s Party (NPP), took oath as the chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday for the second consecutive time. The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Raj Bhawan in Shillong, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the swearing-in ceremony, along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda.
NPP leaders Prestone Tynsong and Sniawbhalang Dhar took oath as the Deputy Chief Ministers of the state, underlining the strength of the regional party in the rainbow coalition.
Along with Sangma, 11 members of his council of ministers also took oath, who were administered the oath of secrecy as members of Sangma’s cabinet by Governor Phagu Chauhan.
In the recently concluded polls, results for which were declared on March 2, the National People’s Party of Sangma emerged as the single-largest party, bagging 26 seats. However, it fell short of reaching the magic figure of 30. Days after the political drama, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) extended their support to the NPP, taking the coalition strength to 45.
On Monday, 58 newly elected MLAs were sworn in as members of the assembly with pro-tem speaker Timothy D Shira administering the oath of office and secrecy to them.