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08 March 2018, 01:46 | Simon Arnold
Meghalaya map as seen in Election Commission of India site Election Commission of India
Conrad Kongkal Sangma, chief of the National People's Party (NPP), took oath as the chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, March 6, in Shillong.
They are Prestone Tynsong, Comingone Ymbon, Sniawbhalang Dhar and Conrad's brother James P K Sangma (all from NPP), Metbah Lyngdoh, Lakhmen Rymbui, Kyrmen Shylla (all UDP), Banteidor Lyngdoh (PDF), Hamlet Dohling (PDF), Samlin Malngiang (HSPDP) and A L Hek (BJP).
Conrad Sangma took over the reins of NPP after his father passed away in 2016.
The United Democratic Party having eight members in the outgoing House and the Hills State People's Democratic Party having four MLAs forged a pre-poll alliance and are contesting in 45 seats.
In 2008, Purno Sangma gave up the opportunity to become Meghalaya's Chief Minister for the second time in order to ensure stability in a State notorious for political uncertainty except for the first six years after its birth in 1972. The BJP on Saturday wrested Tripura, and received an invitation to be part of the government in Nagaland.
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