New Delhi, March 6: Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12 chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, The oath taking ceremony in Shillong was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and other top party leaders. Also Read - When Will 36 Rafale Aircraft be Inducted Into Indian Air Force? Here's What IAF Chief Said

Congratulating Sangma, Rajnath Singh said BJP’s alliance with local parties and forming the government will change the perception that only Congress can survive in the northeast. Also Read - Modi Cabinet Expansion Buzz: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushil Modi to Get Ministerial Berth in Next Reshuffle? Take a Look at Likely Contenders

“I congratulate Conrad Sangma. There was a perception that only Congress party can survive in the northeast but now that BJP has gained victory here that perception will change,” Rajnath Singh told reporters. Also Read - PM Modi Meets Amit Shah, BJP Chief JP Nadda Amid Cabinet Expansion Buzz

Conrad Sangma, chief of National People’s Party (NPP), took oath as even as the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) expressed reservation in forming the government with the BJP.

The HSPDP, which has stitched a post-poll alliance with the NPP, had also objected to the lone NPP Lok Sabha member Sangma being projected as the CM But the HSPDP MLAs – Renikton Lyngdoh and Samlin Malngiang – have signed the letter of support, which was handed over to Governor Ganga Prasad projecting Sangma as their leader to lead the non-Congress government.

The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just concluded Meghalaya Assembly polls, is the second largest party after the Congress winning 21 seats.

Meghalaya is the second state, after Manipur and Goa, where the Congress has not been able to forge a post-poll alliance with any of the regional parties despite emerging as the single-largest party.

(With inputs from agencies)