"I named my two daughters after Agatha Christie. Biju Patnaik had presented me with a Agatha Christie book when I met him for the first time in 1977," Sangma told a gathering of BJD MLAs and MPs during his campaign trail here. Sangma said he admired Biju Patnaik who was a friend of young MPs then. "I also admire Naveen. He too has the same courage," Sangma said.
While Sangma's younger daughter Agatha is the minister of state for Rural Development, his elder daughter Christie is a non-political person. Of his two sons, Conrad Sangma is the leader of Opposition in Meghalaya Assembly.
Naveen Patnaik's father Biju Patnaik had also named Indonesia's president Megawati Sukarnoputri. President Sukarno had requested Biju Patnaik to name his daughter who was born after the latter in his capacity as a fighter pilot had rescued the Sukarno family in a stormy weather and flew them to safety demonstrating extraordinary bravery.