Conrad Sangma takes oath as MLA

Conrad Sangma takes oath as MLA
Conrad Sangma
Correspondent Shillong, Sep 5 | Publish Date: 9/5/2018 11:49:50 AM IST

Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) leader, Conrad Sangma on Wednesday took oath as member of Meghalaya Assembly after being elected from South Tura constituency on August 27. The NPP Supremo resigned as the Member of Parliament from Tura parliamentary seat on Tuesday.

Assembly Speaker, Donkupar Roy administered the oath of office and secrecy to Conrad at his chamber at Khyndai Lad here in the presence of cabinet ministers and members of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government.

The by-election in South Tura was necessitated after Agatha Sangma resigned to pave the way for her brother Conrad to contest in order to retain the post of Chief Minister. Sangma, the youngest son of former Lok Speaker late Purno A. Sangma, defeated Charlotte W. Momin of the Congress by 8,421 votes in a four-cornered contest.

Conrad, who was sworn as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on March 6, was a non-elected member of the 60- member Assembly.

Conrad assumed the top post of Meghalaya, which his father had held for a short period, after the regional United Democratic Party (UDP), People’s Democratic Party and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) decided to support the NPP in forming the government on the condition that Sangma would be the Chief Minister.

No reduction in M’laya VAT on petrol

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday hinted that there would be no reduction in Meghalaya Value Added Tax as far as petrol is concern despite fuel hike hit the record high.

 “We are a state VAT and can be adjusted but I can tell you that we are much lesser compared to neighbouring states. … , I cannot comment anything on that issue right now but all I can say that is our rate much much lesser compared to neigbouring states,” he told journalists.

Moreover, Sangma revealed that the state government is under a lot of financial pressure it may not be advisable at this point to look into or decide on that aspect.

Sangma said that he will be meeting with the  major revenue generating departments – taxation, excise, mining, forest, transport – will sit for the next two days to discuss the revenue aspect of the state and the possibility of how to generate more revenue.

The Chief Minister said that the fuel price has now been linked to the market so now there is no subsidy being given by the Government of India and the fact it is linked to the market. 

“We are open to fluctuation in the global market and that is reason why we see fluctuation everyday and the price is based on the market rate at the national and international global level,” Sangma said.


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