On being asked what he thought of the outgoing Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's opinion that his government is a "bundle of contradiction" he said that "coalition governments are always hard to manage and the best way to manage it is to show respect for our allies. They may be small states, but we get to say that we are in power in 22 states in the country now and that is a powerful slogan", another state BJP leader contended.
Conrad Sangma (40) is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker (L) P A Sangma who died in 2016.
With Conrad Sangma sworn in today as chief minister of Meghalaya, a state in Northeast India, the BJP will have or share control of 21 of the country's 29 states. Following the Saturday results shaped a fractured mandate, the state governor Ganga Prasad invited Sangma to form the government. Eleven other ministers also took an oath along with Sangma.
Sangma also met Regional Democratic Alliance chairman Donkupar Roy at his residence.
The HSPDP which has stitched a post-alliance with the NPP objected Sangma, the lone NPP Lok Sabha member, of being projected as a chief minister. It was backed by six United Democratic Party (UDP) legislators, four from People's Democratic Front (PDF) MLAs, two each from BJP and Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) MLAs including one independent that raised the overall alliance to 34.
"There was a perception that only the Congress can survive in the North East". He said, "I am confident that the MDA coalition will provide better governance to the people of Meghalaya".
Speaking to media persons after the first cabinet meeting of the newly-installed Government, Conrad Sangma said that the state was facing challenge when it came to execution of projects.
Congress emerged as the largest single party in the Meghalaya elections, but like Goa, Congress would have to warm the opposition. The BJP, which won just two of the 59 seats it contested despite a high-voltage campaign, also played a role in influencing the parties to keep aside their differences and unite.