Conrad heading new government becomes a contentious issue

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The March 3 verdict for Meghalaya is still resonating, as the Bharatiya Janata Party is all bent to be part of the National People’s Party (NPP) led government, while the electorate in the state claims to have voted against the saffron party and hence, it should not be a composite of the proposed government. This issue is currently creating ripples in Meghalaya. The advantage to be part of the National Democratic Alliance government in the centre for development and keeping in mind the emotions of the masses in Meghalaya will be a balancing act for Conrad K Sangma.

The two BJP MLAs of Meghalaya are remaining silent, whereas, in the case of Sanbor Shullai elected from South Shillong constituency, is the most winnable candidate, no matter which symbol he seek election under. His vote bank comprises the poor and the downtrodden across all sections of the society in his constituency. His ever willingness to extend all possible assistances to anyone who knocks on his door is the main factor of his success to return back in the 10th session of the assembly even under the lotus symbol, even though a section of votes from Lumparing is said to have voted against him.
A L Hek, who was re-elected from Pynthorumkhrah, had a tough fight, as he had once deserted the BJP to join Congress in the 2013 polls and had returned to the BJP this time. He has now been elected as the Leader of the Legislative Party and this time he needs to perform both in the cabinet and in his own constituency.
The President of Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, who lost by just 76 votes to Lambor Malngiang (Ind) in Nongkrem constituency on March 5, 2018 just a day before the swearing in ceremony held a Press Conference, expressing the party’s unhappiness with the decision of the Regional ally - the United Democratic Party (UDP) to project NPP Chief Conrad K Sangma as the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya, whereas, Prestone Tynsong was earlier projected as the CM candidate by the NPP pre-election.
HSPDP also reminded the masses that throughout the election campaigns, they were seeking the mandate of the people with the assurances that there will be a Non- Congress and Non- BJP government. Hence, if the BJP is the alliance to the proposed government, his Legislators will withdraw the support.
According to sources, HSPDP Legislator Samlin Malngiang, who defeated the former Home Minister Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh has been assured the Home portfolio, while Prestone Tynsong is to be the Deputy Chief Minister. Dr Donkupar Roy, who is also the UDP Chief will get Public Works Department and Finance as he is said to have rejected the post of Chief Minister, offered by the Congress if he extends his support. Also Hemletson Dohling elected to Mylliem on a People’s Democratic Front (PDF) ticket is likely to get Tourism.
According to Assam Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, former Congress Leader, who is also NEDA Convener and was responsible for the formation of Non Congress government in Meghalaya, was once the best friend of Dr Mukul M Sangma, the representation of the coalition to the cabinet will be in the ration of Two is to One (2:1).
HSPDP has a pre poll alliance with the UDP, and is hence under pressure to withdraw if BJP is in the coalition and Tynsong is not proposed as the Chief Minister. The very first friction in the newly proposed government only exposed the BJP phobia in Meghalaya. It is best for the two members of the saffron party to extend outside support to the government, otherwise this will be one of the main factor for the fall of a Conrad government, even before it is formed.


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