SHILLONG, March 05: There will be no room for instability as the government would lay more focus on development as the people of the state deserve it, asserted Dr Mukul M Sangma after swearing-in as the Meghalaya Chief Minister for the second time in a row at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.
Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary administered the Oath of Office to the 47 – year old Congress leader, who led the party in Garo hills to secure 13 of the 24 assembly constituency seats, thereby uprooting Purno A Sangma’s NPP.
Congress secured 29 of the 60 assembly seats in the recently concluded assembly election in state, falling just two short from attaining absolute majority. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with two MLAs, NESDP with one legislator and 11 Independent legislators have extended their “unconditional support” to the Congress in formation of the new government.
“We (government) will ensure that special attention will be taken of the core issues. There are various developmental agendas to be taken care of and strategies will revolve around them,” Dr Sangma said after being sworn – in as the new CM.
He also said that the party thanks the people of the state for the victory as they supported the party under the concerted effort of the leaders.
He further informed that the list of his Council of Ministers will be announced later this week and they would be sworn - in tentatively by Tuesday next week.
Dr Sangma became the 26th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday as he took oath in-front of Congress legislators, leaders of other political parties and senior government officials.
Born on April 20, 1965, at Chengkompara village, Garo Hills, Dr Sangma joined active politics in 1993, when he was elected to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly from Ampatigiri constituency as an independent candidate.
Then he was appointed as the chairman of the Meghalaya Transport Corporation.
He was re-elected to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly from Ampatigiri constituency in 1998, 2003 and 2008 as an Indian National Congress candidate.
In 2003, he became the home and education minister of the Meghalaya government led by Chief Minister Dr DD Lapang.
On April 11, 2005, he was appointed the deputy chief minister of Meghalaya. But was forced to resign on October 7, 2005, after five persons at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills district and four persons at Tura in West Garo Hills district were killed and more than 100 persons were injured in the police and Central Reserve Police Force firing on September 30, 2005, during an agitation against a state-level committee's recommendations on restructuring of the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education (MBOSE) issue.
On May 13, 2009, he again became the deputy chief minister of the Indian National Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government in Meghalaya led by Chief Minister Dr Lapang.
After Dr Lapang resigned on April 19, 2010, he became the Chief Minister of Meghalaya on April 20, 2010 and continued to hold the office till the end of term of the 8th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. On March 5, 2013, he was re-installed as the CM.