SHILLONG/TURA | September 15, 2018:
Here are five facts you should know about Conrad Sangma:
— Conrad Kongkal Sangma was born on 27 January 1978. He is the youngest son of former Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Late Purno A Sangma, and Soradini Kongkal Sangma. He hails from Tura in West Garo Hills.
— He did his schooling from St Columbas School, New Delhi and went on to pursue MBA in University of Pennsylvania and Imperial College, University of London. He started his political career in the late 1990s, as the campaign manager for his late father, P. A. Sangma for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
— He was first elected to the State Assembly along with his brother James Sangma, both as NCP members in the 2008 state elections and later held several important portfolios in the state cabinet, including the Finance, Power, Tourism, GAD and IT and presented his first annual budget for Meghalaya within 10 days of debuting as a minister.
— The dynamic politician became the youngest Finance Minister of Meghalaya in 2008. He had also served as the Leader of the Opposition in the eighth Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
— Though Conrad lost the 2013 Assembly Elections from Selsella constituency to Congress’s Clement Marak, he, however, came back with a bang after he successfully contested the 16th Lok Sabha bye-election in 2016 from Tura Parliamentary Constituency following the sudden demise of his father.
TNT-The Northeast Today News