Mukul Sangma Sworn CM in Meghalaya in Second Straight Term

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Mukul Sangma on Tuesday was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya in second straight in row.

47-year-old Sangma was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ranjit Sekhar Mushahary in the Raj Bhawan in Shillong during the oath taking ceremony.

Sangma led Congress won 29 seats in the 60 members Meghalaya legislative assembly, two short of a majority and became the 23rd Chief Minister of the state.

“We will focus on development in Meghalaya and it is our sincere commitment to the people of Meghalaya,” Mukul Sangma said after the swearing ceremony.

CM Mukul Sangma said backwardness and poverty in the state are the main issues for the new government, they will look into these issues.

Apart from 29 Congress MLAs, eight Independent MLAs had given unconditional support to the new government.

Mukul Sangma, a practising physician was joined active politics in 1993 and elected to the Meghalaya assembly as an Independent candidate from Ampatigiri constituency.

Sangma was re-elected to the assembly from the same constituency as Congress candidate in 1998, 2003 and 2008.

In 2003, he became the Home and Education minister in the DD Lapang led ministry.

In 2005, Mukul Sangma was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister, but he was forced to resign from the post on October 7, 2005 as five persons were killed in a police firing incident at Williamnagar and four others were killed at Tura on September 30 that the year during agitation against the restructuring of Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education recommended by a state-level committee, which was constituted by the state government.

Sangma again became the Deputy Chief Minister in the DD Lapang ministry in 2009.

When Chief Minister DD Lapang resigned on April 19, 2010, Mukul Sangma took the charge and became the 22nd Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

A graduate in medicine from the Regional Institute of Medical sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, Mukul Sangma was born at Chengkompara village on April 20, 1965.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.