Shillong: NPP’s Conrad Sangma was sworn in as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday 7 March.
Sangma’s party, the National People’s Party, came second behind the Indian National Congress winning 19 seats at the 2018 Meghalaya legislative assembly election. His party required 30 seats to form a government. In this post-poll scenario, the NPP allied with other regional parties raising the number to 34. With majority support, Sangma staked claim to form government. He was invited to form the governemnt when he met Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad with a letter of support from the 34 members.
Conrad Sangma’s father P.A. Sangma was Speaker of the Lok Sabha and was also a Chief Minister.
Conrad Sangma was a Member of Parliament between 2016 and 2018. He was earlier (2008-09) minister of finance, Power and Tourism, Government of Meghalaya from 2008 to 2009. He is former leader of the opposition in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.