Conrad Sangma met governor Ganga Prasad on Sunday evening and staked claim to form the government. He handed a letter of support from 34 MLAs to the governor and his swearing-in is set for Tuesday, said sources.
The NPP, founded by former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, and Conrad is one of the three children of PA Sangma active in politics.
This time also being the single largest party with highest vote share ., BJP central government appointed Governor denied the Congress to form government.
In previous two cases that happened in Goa and Manipur despite congress emerging as the single-largest party in both assemblies after elections last year BJP came to power in both states with the help of smaller parties and Independents.
Opposition parties alleged BJP using money power indulge in horse trading and jeopardise democratic norms.
Senior BJP leaders KJ Alphons, Nalin Kohli, and the party strategist and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma accompanied Conrad Sangma to the Raj Bhavan in Shillong.
“The letters of support that have been received from the UDP, PDF, HSPDP and BJP have mentioned that they will support a government led by me, Conrad Sangma, as chief minister and the NPP has also written the same letter,” Sangma said after meeting the governor.
“A name for the coalition is yet to be decided,” said the NPP national president and Lok Sabha MP for Tura. Sangma has six months to contest and win a seat in the assembly.
A BJP state minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, later revealed the composition of the new majority in the Meghalaya assembly.
National People's Party (NPP) - 19 MLAs Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - 2 MLAs United Democratic Party (UDP) - 6 MLAs Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) - 2 MLAs People's Democratic Front (PDF) - 4 MLAs Independent - 1 MLA
Congress leader Mukul Sangma, who was chief minister for eight years, submitted his resignation to the governor and taunted the BJP for attempting to form the government with just two members.
“They want to fire from the shoulder of other political parties,” the outgoing chief minister said.
Social media bloggers questioned Modi's ideology who opposed dynastic politics in poll speech now does a 180 degree tilt and supports it.