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Proposed alliance between BJP and Meghalaya lethal for democracy : Congress
09 March 2018, 02:37 | Damon Campbell
Meghalaya map as seen in Election Commission of India site Election Commission of India
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma leading the National People's Party (NPP) -led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government today allocated portfolios to his newly sworn-in council of ministers. He was also the Meghalaya chief minister from 1988 to 1990.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the perception of people in Meghalaya will change after the BJP has gained victory in the Northeast.
Conrad Sangma is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura seat in Meghalaya. Following which the NPP got support from United Democratic Party (UDP), People's Democratic Front (PDF), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an independent.
When asked, Conrad's sister and South Tura legislator Agatha Sangma said acceptability was a factor when it came to the leadership issue. After a year of President's Rule imposed in the state, the Congress cobbled up an alliance to form the government in 2010.
"It has never been easy to keep a coalition government stable in Meghalaya and evidently, Conrad has a tough job at hand to keep the allies happy and solid behind him, especially when the Congress " which has emerged the single largest party " will be on the prowl for an opportunity to storm back. He also cited the names of two BJP ministers in his government.
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Conrad Sangma defeated the then chief minister Mukul Sangma's wife Dikkanchi D Shira by almost two lakh votes, retaining the seat held by his late father for over four decades by the highest margin ever.
However, former HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit wanted Prestone to lead the government. "All MLAs of different political parties must work together and in that we may face several challenges but we are confident to overcome these hurdles", Mr Sangma told reporters. Congress leader PL Punia of Meghalaya called the proposed alliance between BJP, NPP and others in Meghalaya "lethal for democracy".
He added: "Congress has the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any situation".
"We offered. either the UDP should lead the government or share power for two-and-a-half years".
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