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A chief minister by chance

40-yr-old NPP chief to be 12th CM of Meghalaya

SHILLONG: Conrad Kongkal Sangma, who had been part of the state politics before entering the national stage, will become the 12th chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old Conrad entered electoral politics in 2005 and unsuccessfully contested the Assembly by-polls from Selsella. He had lost to Clement Marak of the Congress.
This time, he did not contest the election but is becoming the chief minister by the demand of the coalition after the polls.
Conrad was first appointed as the State Finance Minister during the tenure of the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance in 2008. However, his stint did not last long as the government collapsed exactly a year later.
After being reduced to minority in the Assembly, Conrad also acted as the opposition leader between 2009 and 2013.
Conrad lost the Assembly elections in 2013 but it did not prove to be a big setback for the young politician who successfully contested the by-polls from Tura Lok Sabha constituency and won with a thumping majority following the sudden demise of his father Purno A Sangma.
The senior Sangma was elected MP in 2014.
The son, who played a major role in the victory of NPP, will be back in state politics after two years.
Conrad, who is married to Mehtab Agitok Sangma, is a BBA (Entrepreneurial Management), MBA (Finance). He did his schooling from St Columba’s School in Delhi and later studied at the University of Pennsylvania and Imperial College, University of London.
Conrad’s bio data mentions that he plays guitar and piano.

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