Who is Conrad Sangma? Next chief minister of Meghalaya

Will Meghalaya witness hung Assembly? Decision on Saturday

As the results for the 27 February elections indicated a hung house for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly, NPP president Conrad Sangma said his party would be able to form the next government with the help of other like-minded parties. Their primary aim to dislodge the Mukul Sangma-led Congress Government in the State has served well the NPP-BJP.

"We have given a letter of support of 34 MLAs to the Governor".

Union minister and senior BJP leader K J Alphons informed media here today that the Governor has invited Mr Sangma to take oath day Tuesday.

All other parties have backed the leadership of NPP, which 19 seats. "We are there to facilitate and we are doing that to ensure that there is a non-Congress Government in Meghalaya", said Sarma.

This leaves the ruling Congress, despite retaining 21 seats, lagging in the numbers game. Congress emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats, down from 28 from last assembly polls, Conrad Sangma's National People's Party (NPP) won 19 seats, while UDP managed to secure six seats.

Conrad Sangma, who headed the election campaign for the NPP, was not a very happy man on Saturday as he had expected a better performance, given the incumbency of the Congress party, which has ruled the state for 10 long years.

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Speaking to reporters here, Sarma stated that there would be no deputy chief minister for the state.

He questioned the Congress for sending two of its senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to the northeastern state. Here the BJP ally's the Nationalist People's Party (NPP), will be a key player in the formation of government.

# NPP's Conrad Sangma met Meghalaya Governor to stake claim to form a government. Sharma added that we have enough confidence that parties will come together to stop Congress from holding power in Meghalaya. Mukul Sangma, the outgoing CM, won the election from both seats he contested.

The chief minister's wife Dikkanchi D Shira also won from Mahendraganj seat defeating her nearest BJP rival Premananda Koch by over 6,000 votes, the sources said.

When asked if there was any opposition to his selection as the next state Chief Minister, he said that there was no opposition and he was selected as the Chief Minister candidate with the nod of the coalition partners.

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