Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma Government Wins Floor Test

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday won a trust vote in the state Assembly by a voice vote, IANS reported.

In all, 35 votes were cast in favour of the confidence motion and 20 against. It may be mentioned that one vote has been considered invalid.

Prior to Sangma proving his majority in the 60-member House, Pro tem Speaker Timothy Dalbot Shira will preside the session to elect the Speaker of the newly constituted tenth Meghalaya Assembly. However, the NPP, with 19 seats, formed an alliance with six legislators from the United Democratic Party, four from the People's Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People's Democratic Party and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party and one Independent MLA.

Sangma-led MDA government, which includes the BJP and regional parties, was sworn in on March 6.

When asked on his comments on the letter written by Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi to him highlighting rampant poaching in the state, Sangma said, "I did not get the opportunity to read the letter yet but it is a matter of concern".

He said it was for the first time in the history of the state that files during the swearing-in of the new government were all saffron.

Mukul Sangma said the elections had thrown up a fractured mandate, and that the "mandate of the people" was to form a government without the BJP. The NPP stitched a non-Congress government by bringing nearly regional parties - NPP (19), United Democratic Party (6), People Democratic Front (4), Hill State People Democratic Party (2), Bharatiya Janata Party (2) and Nationalist Congress Party (1) besides 2 Independents. "Various political parties had also clearly stated they will not have any connection with the party".

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