Guwahati: Backed by the BJP and regional parties, National People's Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma was on Tuesday sworn in as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya, bringing an end to 10 years of Congress rule.
Important portfolios like Finance, Home, Revenue, Commerce and Industries and PWD were retained by the NPP ministers.
An overwhelmed Soradini K Sangma, mother of Conrad Sagma, who was sworn-in as the Meghalaya Chief Minister today, said it was a dream come true for the family.
Conrad's elder brother and a three-time National People's Party legislator James Sangma will look after home (police), food and civil supplies, power, district council affairs and law.
Among them, 6 will from NPP, 2 from UDP, 1 each from BJP, PDF and HSPDP. He also said, "I hope both the governments in Meghalaya and Assam work in tandem to bolster development of both states and advance the mutual interests for the benefit of all sections of the people".
The NPF will sit in the Opposition despite emerging as the single largest party by winning 27 seats. He also cited the names of two BJP ministers in his government.
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HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit, who lost in the election, stated before media that it was not the job of the UDP to decide as to who would be the leader of the NPP and the chief minister of the state. "We will work to take our state forward".
The MDA includes five political parties that include six MLAs from the United Democratic Party, four from the People's Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party besides two Independent members.
He added: "Congress has the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any situation".
The Congress too tried to woo UDP for the formation of the government in the state in the wake of the fractured mandate that emerged on 3 March.
On Sunday, Zeliang was given 48 hours by the Governor to submit a letter of support from BJP chief Shah after he claimed the NPF's 15-year alliance with the saffron party was still on.