By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, March 04, 2018:
Finally the 10-year long rule of the Congress in Meghalaya has come to an end and the National People’s Party (NPP) made sure of that.
And the long-cherished dream of the BJP to ‘free’ the Northeast from the Congress is almost turning into a reality with only one more state left to conquer and that is Mizoram.
The NPP will form the coalition Government in Meghalaya with the support of BJP, UDP, HSPDP, PDF and an independent MLA from Dalu, Samuel Sangma. NPP Chief Conrad Sangma went to stake claim for formation of new government with 34 MLAs — 19 NPP, 6 UDP, 2 each BJP and HSPDP, 4 PDF and one Independent.
With this, the state will have a new Chief Minister in Conrad Sangma and the swearing in ceremony will be held on Tuesday at 10.30 am at Raj Bhavan.
Earlier, the UDP had set its condition before the NPP to join the alliance and their condition was — NPP Chief and Tura MP Conrad Sangma should be the Chief Minister.
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 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.
Now, as the tides are about to change in Meghalaya and the Congress is about to be dethroned, Conrad Sangma is the NPP’s face for the Chief Minister’s post.