File image of Agatha Sangma. Image courtesy: News Bugz

Agatha K. Sangma, youngest MP from the northeast, who defeated former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in Tura, may not find a ministerial berth in Modi 2.0 government.

Everyone in the northeast had expected that the youngest daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno Agitok Sangma would find a place in Modi’s government because she is active and articulate.

Moreover, the NPP MP from Tura also has the experience of working as the Minister of State for Rural Development in UPA 2 government.

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Sources close to NPP told Northeast Now that Agatha did not get the call for the High-Tea hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 4.30 pm at his 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

Modi has invited all the MPs, who are likely to be sworn-in as ministers in the new government for the tea party to brief them about the government future plan.

In fact, Agatha K Sangma would have been an effective minister as this is the third time she has become a member of the Lok Sabha.

In May 2008, she was first elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in a by-election, after her father P.A. Sangma resigned from the seat to return to state politics in Meghalaya.

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.

It is still not clear as to why Modi decided not to include Agatha in the new government as a minister. Her elder brother and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on May 25 had announced NPP’s unanimous support to Narendra Modi as the next PM of India.

Is it because NPP was opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, and Conrad K. Sangma had taken lead role in opposing it?

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Anirban Roy

Anirban Roy is Editor-in-Chief of Northeast Now. He can be reached at: editor@nenow.in

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