Reacting to former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's description of the MDA government as a "bundle of contradiction", Conrad Sangma admitted that running a coalition would always be a challenging task. The Congress won 21 seats making it the single largest party in the state.
Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel had rushed to Shillong on Saturday, along with former minister Kamal Nath, to attract the very three regional parties that chose to go with NPP along with some independents. The PDF bagged four seats while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and three Independents got one seat each.
The new Chief Minister urged his coalition to work together as a team to ensure that Meghalaya made rapid progress.
The NPP leader is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who died in 2016. "It is the job of the alliance to decide who should lead the government", he said.
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. North East Assembly Election results in 2018 in 3 NE states crucial for BJP's morale ahead of 2019 General Election.
Meghalaya is a state known for its political instability ever since its inception in 1972, barring the last eight years of Congress rule under the leadership of Mukul Sangma.
In Nagaland, BJP with its coalition partner NDPP has staked claim to form the government in the state.
The Chief Minister allotted Water Resources, Tourism, Excise and Home Guards and Civil Defence to senior United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator Metbah Lyngdoh. "We are there to facilitate and we are doing that to ensure that there is a non-Congress government in Meghalaya", said Sarma. He also cited the names of two BJP ministers in his government. The chief minister has hinted that the alliance "will find out areas where there are contradictions" and "quarantine them" or "figure out how to resolve them". The oath taking ceremony of the new Ministry is most likely to be completed by 10th March, according to party sources.