Mukul Sangma sworn in as new Meghalaya CM
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 23:06
  
Shillong: Mukul Sangma was sworn in as the 22nd Chief Minister of Meghalaya on his 45th birthday on Tuesday, a day after DD Lapang quit the top job capping a month-long rebellion by a majority of the 28 Congress legislators.

BM Lanong, an MLA of the United Democratic Party (UDP), a key ally of the Congress, was sworn in as deputy chief minister. JA Lyngdoh (UDP) and independent AT Mondol were also sworn in by Governor R S Mooshahary.

Sangma's government would be the 22nd in the state in its 38 year history and the 11th in the last 10 years.

The month-long rebellion by Congress MLAs peaked on April 17 when Sangma and dissident Congress legislators rushed to New Delhi with the claim that Lapang had lost majority.

The development came a day after 20 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House met at Sangma's residence and pledged "unconditional support" to him.

Will ensure stable government: Sangma

"My government would give special focus on the youth to realise their potential and also uplift the condition of the poor and infirm," Sangma said in his maiden press briefing after being sworn in Chief Minister.

"In a world whose future is being shaped with knowledge and with technology, our young men and women need to be equipped with all the tools of the modern world to enable them to compete and prosper," he said.

Stating that his government will make concrete efforts to improve the lives of the poor, Sangma said: "In the days to come the government will announce a comprehensive agenda of financial inclusiveness and economic empowerment for all."

On Meghalaya's political instability, the Chief Minister said: "I share the concern with all of you with utmost sincerity, the need to ensure stability."

"This stability can be achieved only if we share the common objective of serving people with a sense of commitment, dedication and, most importantly, a sense of sacrifice," he said.

Sangma urged his cabinet colleagues and the bureaucracy to encourage and ensure transparency, responsiveness, sensitivity in work and display mature understanding.

-Agencies inputs


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 23:06


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