Shillong(Meghalaya) Jan 03 : National People’s Party (NPP) MP from Tura, Agatha K Sangma has termed reports that she is likely to be inducted as a junior minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet as ‘rumours’.
It may be mentioned that a news portal had reported that the lone NPP Lok Sabha member, is likely to be inducted as a Minister of State in the next cabinet expansion likely in the last week of January.
If the rumours turn out to be true then Sangma will be the third minister from the North East.
At present, there are two ministers in Modi’s government from the North East namely Kiren Rijiju and Rameswar Teli.
Rijiju is the Minister of State with Independent charge Sports and Youth Affairs, while Teli is the Minister of State for Food processing.
Sangma is the youngest candidate from the North East to be elected to the 17th Lok Sabha.
The youngest daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno Agitok Sangma defeated former Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma in Tura by a margin of 1,15,234 votes.
She is the youngest sister of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma and Home Minister James K. Sangma.
Sangma received her LLB degree from the Pune University. She did her Masters in Environmental Management at the University of Nottingham in the UK.
In May 2008, she was first elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in a by-election, after her father Purno Agitok Sangma resigned from the seat to return to state politics in Meghalaya.
In 2009, she was again elected to the 15th Lok Sabha as a Nationalist Congress Party MP and was the youngest Minister of State (29 years) in the UPA 2 government led by Manmohan Singh.
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