SHILLONG, March 05: The Governor of Meghalaya, Ganga Prasad has invited the National President of the National People’s Party (NPP), Conrad Sangma to form Meghalaya’s next government and as such the swearing ceremony will be held on Tuesday morning as was informed by officials here on Monday.
“The Governor has extended his invitation to Conrad to form the government since he has proven he has the support of 34 MLAs in all,” a Raj Bhavan official said here.
The chief minister designate confirmed this and said the swearing in ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the Raj Bhavan.
“We have been invited to form the government and the swearing in ceremony will be held at 10:30 am,” Conrad said, shortly after he met BJP leaders to finalise seat and portfolios with them.
The Tura MP, under whose leadership the seat share of the NPP rose from 2 in the last Assembly to 19 in the just concluded February 27 elections, also met Regional Democratic Alliance chairman Donkupar Roy at his residence.
With six MLAs, the United Democratic Party is likely get two seats and Roy has been tipped to be the next Speaker, a source close to the designated chief minister said.
The source said that the NPP will keep major chunks of the portfolios, about 1/3 with them, and the rest will be distributed with coalition partners including one for Independent MLA Samuel Sangma supporting the NPP-led alliance.
The Peoples’ Democratic Front having 4 MLAs will also be given due recognition of their unstinted support to the formation of the non-Congress government here and will be rewarded with at least a cabinet berth, the source said.
A L Hek, one of the two BJP MLAs, said he will be given cabinet portfolios and will be present at the swearing in ceremony tomorrow and all cabinet ministers are likely to be sworn in on the same day.
The chief minister designated had met Governor last night to stake claim to form the government and handed over to him a list of 34 MLAs which also has their signatures.
Most of the MLAs also accompanied Conrad at the Raj Bhavan except for his sister who attended the two year death anniversary of her late father Purno A Sangma on Sunday.