Meghalaya to elect Speaker

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma To Seek Trust Vote Tomorrow

Former chief minister and longest-serving member of the Assembly from Shella constituency, Donkupar Roy, will face two-time Congress legislator from Salmanpara constituency, Winnerson D. Sangma, in the election to be conducted by protem Speaker Timothy D. Shira. One vote was declared invalid and one MLA abstained from attending the session, he said.

He is also the President of the United Democratic Party, a key partner in the National People's Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition.

"The MDA is confident that its nominee Donkupar Roy will be elected as the Speaker of the Assembly and the Chief Minister will prove that he enjoys absolute majority in the Assembly", Home Minister James Sangma said.

Sangma was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on March 6 after six non-Congress parties, including one Independent came together and formed the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government. Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma, who won from both Ampati and Songsak, voted from Ampati seat.

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Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma with his cabinet colleagues in Sohiong on Sunday.

He also proposed to the speaker to organize training for first time MLAs. "I know you will be fair and just and I hope you will be able to run the House in the best possible manner".

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. "All the political parties including the UDP, HSPDP, PDF and BJP in their letters of support submitted to the governor had clearly expressed support to the government led by Conrad K Sangma".

Meghalaya has a 60-member Assembly, but elections were held for 59 seats due to the killing of a candidate.


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