Sonowal attends swearing-in-ceremony of Meghalaya council of ministers

Illustration Ajit Ninan

Illustration Ajit Ninan

"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation".

Tynsong was to be appointed as the chief minister but the condition that UDP put forth for extending support to NPP was that Conrad should head the government. Soradini Sangma was present at the sprawling greens of the Raj Bhavan in Shillong to watch her son take oath as the 12th chief minister of the state. Having joined the government, the BJP's activities elsewhere will come under closer scrutiny and may impact the life of the coalition.

Kohima: Veteran Naga People's Front (NPF) leader T.R. Zeliang on Tuesday resigned as Chief Minister of Nagaland after the BJP turned down its offer for a post-poll alliance to form a new government.

BJP national president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh are expected to attend the oath ceremony in state capital Shillong.

The Congress is now in power in the state in what is a second consecutive term.

After a year of President's Rule imposed in the state, the Congress cobbled up an alliance to form the government in 2010.

Mr. Sangma has the support of 34 newly elected legislators including from the BJP, HSPDP, United Democratic Party, Peoples Democratic Front along with an Independent candidate. But the tide started to turn with his 2016 by-election victory from Tura Lok Sabha seat. Since 1976, when the ruling APHLC faction in Meghalaya merged with Congress during Emergency, it is Congress which has largely ruled the state, often through coalition governments. After night-long negotiations, NPP and BJP managed to win over legislators from three regional parties and an independent. The United Democratic Party (UDP) won six seats while its alliance partner the HSPDP won two seats.

First time UDP MLA Kyrmen Shylla, 26, became the youngest minister.

Even in Meghalaya it didn't get enough numbers to form government.

The Congress tried to retain power in Meghalaya by sharing power with the regional parties.

The new Chief Minister urged his coalition to work together as a team to ensure that Meghalaya made rapid progress.

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

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