Congress Govt Set a New Benchmark for Development: Mukul Sangma

According to PTI sources senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong on Saturday morning to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya

Apart from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is the chairman of the North East Democratic Alliance, a non-Congress entity, will also attend the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan.

Admitting that heading a coalition government is a "challenging task", the newly sworn-in chief minister appealed to all the members of the ruling alliance to work together as a team to ensure that Meghalaya reached its new heights. Conrad Sangma is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura seat in Meghalaya.

During the first ever cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary also briefed the Ministers on different issues of the states besides the schemes and programmes in the state.

"Tell-tale signs of BJP's blind quest for power superseding the stability of the region, propagation of democracy, nipping the separatist tendencies and ignoring core issues of region are already visible", Surjewala said. This was after the NPP formed an alliance with BJP and three other regional parties. Having joined the government, the BJP's activities elsewhere will come under closer scrutiny and may impact the life of the coalition. Eleven other ministers also took an oath along with Sangma.

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Meanwhile, the HSPDP, a partner in the new coalition government in Meghalaya, has already made a discordant note as it expressed its unhappiness over the way ally UDP bulldozed its way to name Conrad as the chief minister without consulting it.

As the BJP and its alliance partners were on Monday all set to form Governments in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the Congress said the BJP's "blind quest for power is superseding stability" of the north-east region.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was following a unsafe game of destabilsation, subversion and usurpation of power in the region.

The NPP with 19 seats is supported by the BJP (2), the UDP (6), the PDF (4), the HSPDP (2) and an Independent.

The Bharatiya Janata Party played a pivotal role in stitching up a mega alliance and secure the support of 34 legislators to form the next government.

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