- The former Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma has been notified by the Assembly Secretariat on Tuesday as the Leader of the Opposition
- Congress has emerged as the single largest party to get the maximum seats (21 seats) in the assembly election of Meghalaya
The former Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma has been notified by the Assembly Secretariat on Tuesday as the Leader of the Opposition. As per the democratic eulogies, the largest opposition party in the opposition gets to choose the leader of the opposition. Congress has emerged as the single largest party to get the maximum seats (21 seats) in the assembly election of Meghalaya. Though the NPP with its alliances with other parties like BJP, and the regional parties, proved its majority in the assembly. Thus, maintaining the Congress to sit in the opposition, with the former CM Mukul Sangma as the leader of the opposition.
As per the words of an official source, Agatha Sangma who is an MLA from the National People’s Party, has been appointed as government chief whip and PT Sawkmie who is a Congress legislator, has been appointed as opposition chief whip.
The government chief whip enjoys the status and rank of a Cabinet minister.
NPP led MDA proved its majority on Monday
Earlier on Monday, the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance had proved the power of coalition. And the newly elected Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma had proved his majority in the state assembly on Monday. CM Conrad Sangma had to go through a floor test on Monday to remain on the post of Chief Minister. Thus the CM proved his majority in the assembly and won the floor test on Monday.
The incumbent Chief Minister who is heading the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) Government has got the support of 35 MLAs in the House of 60 and the support had helped him to win this vote of confidence on Monday. The NPP Chief Conrad Sangma was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on March 6.
The MDA party was formed by the coalition of six non-Congress parties, including one Independent MLA which resulted in the formation of the Non-Congress government in the state. As per the information, after the formation of the government in the state, the opposition had raised some questions that were meant to counter the MDA alliance and its formation by the false means. Former Chief Minister was the first in the list to raise such questions.
On the day of floor test of the new Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the former Chief Minister and opposition leader Mukul Sangma had countered the BJP-NPP nexus and did question both the parties to clear the picture. In a statement, Mukul Sangma had stated that the National People’s Party had kept its voters in dark because they had got their votes by promising no connection with BJP. But soon after the election’s results, NPP shook hands with BJP to form the government with the support of the saffron party.
“Hence I wanted to know which party is leading the government, whether it is BJP led or NPP led or is it the conglomeration of BJP and other parties,” Sangma had questioned the MDA government.
Adding on to this, Sangma had also countered a statement made by the BJP leader from Assam. The leader said that the NPP had stitched the alliance with BJP in 10 minutes. This clearly indicated that both the parties were already in talks for the coalition.