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Conrad Sangma takes oath as 12th chief minister of Meghalaya

Conrad Sangma, Chief of the National People's Party has taken oath as the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya. He was sworn in today.

The Congress, which has been in power in the state for the last 10 years was not able to stitch a coalition in time despite emerging as the single largest party.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah arrived for the swearing-in ceremony of the National People's Party (NPP)-led government in Meghalaya.

Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the ruling Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the NPP, an ally of the BJP at the centre and in Manipur.

The Congress won 21 seats in the 60-member Assembly, making it the single-largest party, but it was 10 seats short of an absolute majority. A Lok Sabha member from Tura parliamentary constituency, Mr Sangma was the state's youngest Finance Minister in 2008 and was later leader of the opposition in the assembly.

Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and congratulated Conrad Sangma after he took oath as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Congratulations and my best wishes to Shri Conrad Sangma on being sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya. I am confident that he and his team of ministers will put the state back on a development track.

The swearing-in ceremony of Meghalaya Chief Minister elect Conrad Sangma and other's began in Shillong around 10.30 AM.

Conrad Sangma is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma and took over the reins of the party after his father's death in 2016.