SHILLONG, Sept 4 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today resigned as the Lok Sabha member from the Tura Parliamentary constituency and handed over his resignation letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi.
Following his victory on August 27 in the by-election to the South Tura Assembly constituency, Sangma, as per the norms, had to quit one of the two seats he held within 11 days.
In the by-election, Sangma defeated his nearest Congress rival, Charlotte Momin, by 8,421 votes, which is the highest margin of victory for an MLA in the current Assembly.
Earlier, Sangma had contested the Tura Lok Sabha seat following the demise of his father and Garo Hills strongman, PA Sangma, who held the seat.
He won the Tura by-election in May, 2016, but he had to return to State politics after post-poll allies, collectively called the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance, wanted him to lead the State.
The MDA is led by the National People�s Party of which Sangma is the national president and also includes four other regional parties, BJP, NCP and Independents.
Sangma was sworn in as the Chief Minister on March 6 this year. Since he had to contest from an Assembly constituency to continue as the Chief Minister, his sister Agatha Sangma, who represented the South Tura seat, resigned and paved the way for his election from the constituency.