The 10th Session of the Meghalaya Assembly, was installed on March 6, 2018 after the swearing in of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition led by National People’s Party (NPP) Supremo Conrad Kongkal Sangma, son of former Lok Sabha Speaker, Late Purno Agitok Sangma, as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya, along with other 11 ministers. Governor Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 40-year-old Tura Lok Sabha member, watching the ceremony were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, designated Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and former Assam and Mizoram Chief Ministers Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and Zoramthanga. Outgoing Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma was also present on the occasion.
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 March 3 hung verdict for Meghalaya has put the state into the limelight once again, where the party with single majority along with the runners up has the least to say when it come to staking claim to form government, but the Kingmaker is always the smaller parties and the Independent candidates, resulting to horse trading. Well versed with Meghalaya Politics, Assam Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also NEDA Convener, was given full charge to see that Non – Congress entities form the next government in the Hills state. Since Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got just two Members of Legislative Assembly, they have very little say, however, Himanta successfully played his role as facilitator managed to win over the Regional party - United Democratic Party (UDP) with six members as coalition partner of National People’s Party (NPP) with 19 MLAs as the substitution for the Congress Government, who had earlier staked claim to form the new government in Meghalaya.
The counting of votes for the Assembly polls in three North Eastern (NE) states- Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on March 3, all are 60 seats Houses. The assembly poll in Tripura was held on February 18, while the elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland were held on February 27 last. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) buoyed by the formation of governments in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, is now eying to expand its presence in other NE states and has emerged as a strong contender in the recently held election, while the ruling parties are facing big challenges from the saffron party.
Just a day before the election result, Tripura Fisheries and Cooperative Minister Khagendra Jamatia died at the AIIMS in New Delhi on March 2, 2018 following a brief illness. He was 64. The tribal leader is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Jamatia, as Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) nominee, was elected to the state assembly six times from Krishnapur (reserved for the tribals) Assembly Constituency in Western Tripura’s Khowai district and also seeking re-election from the same constituency in the February 18 polls.
The conflicts between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Cabinet Ministers and the bureaucrats have reached its epitome as the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on March 1, 2018 outright informed the media that Delhi Chief Secretary (CS) Anshu Prakash and other senior officers were working under the influence of the ration mafia. He made the allegation after a Cabinet Meeting on door-step delivery of ration was cancelled after the head of Food and Supplies Department went on leave for a week.
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