National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma took charge as the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya with a rare alliance of five parties, namely the National People’s Party, United Democratic Party (UDP), People’s Democratic Front, Hill State People’s Democratic Party, the BJP.
Here is all that you need to know about 40-year-old Conrad, who is spearheading the return of regional parties to power in the north-eastern state after a decade.
Conrad is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma and took over the reins of the NPP after his father’s death in 2016. He is currently a Lok Sabha MP from the Tura parliamentary constituency in Meghalaya. Sangma junior started his political career in the late 1990s, as the campaign manager for his father, for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). He lost his first by-election in 2004 by a mere 182 votes (he’d contested on an NCP ticket).