National People's Party (NPP) president, Conrad Kongkal Sangma will be sworn in as Meghalaya's 12th chief minister of on Tuesday morning even as the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) expressed reservation against the BJP to be part of the non-Congress government. "Our high command has sent three senior leaders to Meghalaya to ensure that horse trading doesn't take place there but ultimately we can't compete with the money power of BJP" Gogoi said on Sunday.
Among those present at the ceremony were Conrad's mother Soradini K. Sangma, his wife M. Chandi A. Sangma and his younger sister and South Tura MLA Agatha K. Sangma. "But now that perception has changed with the BJP's victory in the Northeast", he told reporters here.
Addressing the media on Monday, Sangma said he has been invited by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad to form the government in the state. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi welcomed the people's mandate but slammed BJP for creating an "opportunistic" alliance.
Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging the largest party winning 21 seats. NPP or National People's Party has a coalition with UDP or United Democratic Party, People's Democratic Front (PDF), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP. "The UDP was offered two options " the party was offered to head the government with Congress providing the support for stability else the UDP leadership was offered to head the government for a period of two and half years while Congress would have led for the remaining portion of the tenure.
Cornard Sangma, the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Meghalaya is known for his capabilities and efficiency. The BJP, which won just two of the 59 seats it contested despite a high-voltage campaign, also played a role in influencing the parties to keep aside their differences and unite.
I am confident that whatever challenges we have before us, this coalition government will be able to face them...