Shillong (Meghalaya), March 6 : National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma on Monday said his party will have eight ministers in the next Meghalaya government headed by him, while its allies will get four ministerial berths.
The NPP’s ally UDP will have two ministers, while the BJP and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) will get one each, Conrad Sangma said after after a meeting with alliance partners.
Earlier on Sunday , BJP state President Earnest Mawrie had demanded two ministerial berths from the two victorious legislators .
As per rule, Meghalaya with a 60-member assembly cannot have more than 12 ministers including the CM.
Conrad Sangma who is scheduled to take oath as the chief minister on Tuesday, has the support of 45 legislators.
“During the meeting of allies of the NPP-led coalition, the first decision that was unanimously taken was to call it the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance 2.0 since partners are the same. The chief minister will be the chairman of the alliance,” Sangma said.
The distribution of cabinet berths among the coalition partners was also finalised, he said.
( With Agency inputs )