When D D Lapang took the Chief Minister's oath of office and secrecy in the presence of Governor R S Mooshahary today, he became the head of the 21st government Meghalaya has witnessed in 37 years of statehood.
In last 37 years, the state's chief ministership has rotated between ten political leaders, with only two of them, late Captain W A Sangma and Congress leader S C Marak, being able to complete the full five year term.
Never in the history of Meghalaya, except during the first Assembly elections, has any political party obtained clear majority.
With frequent toppling of governments marking the state's political history, the previous 20 governments saw a musical chair of ten chief ministers some serving the state for as short as 10 days.
Lapang, who has been sworn in for the fifth time today, did so from March 10, 2008 to March 19, 2008. Interestingly, the state has never witnessed a mid-term poll despite the frequent change of governments.