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Conrad Sangma takes charge of Meghalaya as Chief Minister

According to PTI sources senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong on Saturday morning to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya

"Our high command has sent three senior leaders to Meghalaya to ensure that horse trading doesn't take place there but ultimately we can't compete with the money power of BJP" Gogoi said on Sunday. Sangma is now is the Lok Sabha MP from the Tura parliamentary constituency in Meghalaya. He later became the youngest finance minister of Meghalaya, under a UDP- led government.

With Conrad Sangma sworn in today as chief minister of Meghalaya, a state in Northeast India, the BJP will have or share control of 21 of the country's 29 states.

Despite a fractured mandate in the Assembly polls, the state is going to witness its first non-Congress government taking charge in 15 years.

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma has called for timely completion and proper utlisation of funds for the Government projects in the state. "Running a coalition government is never easy, but I am confident that the MLAs who are with us are very committed to the state and people, and will work towards their development", Conrad Sangma said.

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

Conrad Sangma, 40, son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, took charge of the National People's Party after his father's death in March 2016 and projected it as the main contender against the Congress, which had ruled the state for 10 years.

Prior to starting his work in the chief minister's cabin, Sangma arranged for a small prayer meeting with all his cabinet colleagues, where he was accompanied by his mother Soradini K Sangma and a church elder, an official told PTI.

The Congress got ousted from power in Meghalaya's recently held Assembly elections while in areas like Tripura and Nagaland, the party did not manage to win a single seat.

Sources on both sides of BJP and Congress say that the results of the North-East will not have any substantial impact on the Karnataka elections.

Even after forming the alliance, the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) expressed reservations about forming the government with the BJP as well as the projection of Conrad Sangma as the Chief Ministerial candidate.