9 May : With the Centre deciding to revoke President’s Rule imposed in Meghalaya nearly two months ago, the Congress high command would meet on Saturday to finalise the formation of a new government in the state.
Congress and NCP would meet thereafter to discuss allocation of portfolios, Congress leader D D Lapang told reporters over phone. According to Congress sources, Lapang was likely to head the coalition, while NCP leader and P A Sangma’s son Conrad Sangma was likely to be one of the deputy chief ministers. The state was brought under President’s Rule on 19th March after the Donkupar Roy-led Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government won a confidence vote in controversial circumstances. The 60-member assembly, where Congress has 26 MLAs and NCP 14, had been kept under suspended animation since then. The Centre’s move to lift President’s Rule came after Congress and NCP decided to join hands to provide a stable government in the "interest of the people of the state".