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Sangma to take oath along with 3 cabinet ministers

india Updated: Apr 20, 2010 15:37 IST

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A day after being elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party in Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma, 45, will take oath as 11th chief minister of the state along with three other cabinet members on Tuesday.

Twenty five of the total 28 Congress MLAs present at the CLP meeting in Shillong last evening had elected Sangma as CLP head after 76-year-old DD Lapang was forced out of the top job by the party dissidents.

B M Lanong and J A Lyngdoh, both MLAs of the United Democratic Party, a key ally of the Congress, and independent A T Mondol will take the oath of office at 4:00 pm at the Raj Bhavan, official sources said.

Lanong was a deputy chief minister in the previous Lapang cabinet and JA Lyngdoh besides A T Mondol were also in the 12-member state ministry.

Sangma, after being elected as the CLP leader last night, had said the constitution of the ministry would be decided by the Congress high command.

He is scheduled to leave for New Delhi in a day or two to finalise his cabinet amidst reports that many Congress MLAs were pressing for accommodation in the new ministry.

Only six Congress MLAs had found berths in Lapang's Meghalaya United Alliance coalition.

The ruling Congress alliance, sworn in last year after the fall of the NCP-led government, enjoys the support of 44 legislators -- 28 from Congress, 9 from UDP, two from Hill State Peoples Democratic Party, one from Khyun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and four Independents in a house of 60.

"The alliance will remain undisturbed. I have received letters of support from the UDP, HSPDP and independents," Sangma said.

Bowing to pressure from a dissident group of party MLAs seeking his ouster and accommodation in the ministry, Lapang, heading the Congress-led alliance, had yesterday resigned as chief minister, paving the way for Sangma to take over the reins.