BJP's Victory In Northeast Changed Perception: Rajnath Singh

Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath would land in Shillong post noon and will hold discussions with party leaders including outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma

BJP's Victory In Northeast Changed Perception: Rajnath Singh

Meanwhile, breaking his silence on the defeat in three Northeast states, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said on Monday that the party was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP, accusing it of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance".

Among those present at the ceremony were Conrad's mother Soradini K. Sangma, his wife M. Chandi A. Sangma and his younger sister and South Tura MLA Agatha K. Sangma. He has to get elected to the Assembly within six months.

"/ former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, was today sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Meghalaya".

"Each member has the democratic right to express an opinion".

Congratulating the newly appointed Meghalaya CM, Sonowal said that hope the new government works to fulfil the aims and aspirations of the people of Meghalaya.

Several dignitaries such as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah will also attend the swearing-in ceremony. He will be the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just ended polls, is the second largest party after the Congress which won 21 seats.

After Congress emerged as the single largest party, top leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath, Mukul Wasnik and C P Joshi had approached the regional parties for support.

Conrad Sangma's skills of persuasion and negotiation will be tested if the contradictions within the five-party coalition, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), come to the fore.

The only person said to in the race for the post was his sister Agatha Sangma.

The state is abuzz with talk of cabinet berth allotment and how Sangma would give representation to regional allies. As a collation partner we need to communicate and respect each other.

Acting on a specific intelligence input, a small team of the Army along with the elite Special Operations Group cordoned off the Hatwar area in Awantipur and carried out a "surgical attack" on a house, the Army said.

"We have offered formulas to the UDP for working together - either the UDP should lead the government or share power for two-and-half years".

Echoing a similar stance, UDP President Donkupar Roy on Sunday extended the party's support to the NDP.

"Congress has that kind of wherewithal to create a turnaround in any given situation, whenever needed".

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