Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who is heading the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government, today won the vote of confidence by a voice-vote in the assembly.
Mr. Conrad, who is a non-elected member to the Assembly, won the floor test after the electorates gave a fractured mandate to the people on February 27 Assembly elections besides after he was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
Before Speaker Dr. Donkupar Roy put to vote, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma asked the treasury bench which party is leading the government.
“We would like to know whether it is NPP-led government, BJP-led government or a conglomeration of party which is leading the government. It is obvious that the mandate given by the people is a fractured mandate. Looking at the background of the whole election campaign, the mandate of the people is to form a government without the BJP,” he said.
“The political parties in their election campaigns have promised the innocent people of the State that they have no access to BJP. Various political parties had also clearly stated they will not have any connection with the BJP,” the veteran Congress leader said.
In his reply, Mr. Conrad said that he has the support of the United Democratic Party, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front besides the Independents.
But the Chief Minister did not mentioned the name of the BJP, which later the BJP minister Alexander Hek and another BJP legislator Sanbor Shullai stood up and defending their saffron party of being part the government.
“It is very clear that this is a Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government is headed by the NPP. I don’t think there is any kind of doubt on this. Even in the letter of supports of the MLAs which was submitted to the Governor (Ganga Prasad) all have mentioned that they are expressing their support on the NPP led Government under the leadership of Conrad K Sangma,” Chief Minister said.
Newly elected Assembly Speaker, Dr Donkupar Roy said that this is not the platform to debate on the mandate given by the people. He, however, requested the Chief Minister to reply to the question raised by the CLP on the party which is heading the present Government.