By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, March 05, 2018:
It seems that the coalition partner of the National People’s Party (NPP) — the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) is not happy with the decision of its regional ally — the United Democratic Party (UDP) to project NPP chief Conrad Sangma as the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
This discontentment came a day after the HSPDP agreed to form a coalition government in the state led by the NPP with the support of UDP, People’s Democratic Front (PDF), BJP and one independent.
“The UDP should not have projected Conrad Sangma as the chief minister,” HSPDP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit told reporters here on Monday.
Ardent, who unsuccessfully contested the assembly election from Nongkrem, said that the UDP had never taken the party into confidence while recommending the name of Conrad K Sangma as the chief minister of the state.
While rejecting Conrad, the HSPDP is favouring NPP newly elected MLA Prestone Tynsong as the Chief Minister.
According the HSPDP chief, the party wants an elected MLA to be the Chief Minister and probably Prestone Tynsong should the CM candidate.
It may be mentioned that Prestone Tynsong was earlier projected as the CM candidate by the NPP pre-election but the party also had one condition — the CM will be from a region which produces maximum number of MLAs and in this case, its Garo Hills not Khasi Hills and Prestone is from the Khasi Hills.
Prestone, who is also a former Congress legislator, had last year expressed his disapproval with the Youth Congress’s projection of Mukul Sangma as the chief minister and rumours has it that he left the party for the same reason.