Shillong, Pretr. In Meghalaya, the Congress party was given a big blow by its MLAs. In fact, 12 out of the total 17 MLAs of the party left it on Wednesday and now they have joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party. This information was given by HM Shangpliang. It also includes the name of former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. With this, TMC has emerged as the main opposition party in the state without contesting elections. According to media reports, Mukul Sangma will formally announce to join TMC after holding a press conference on Thursday.

Let us tell you that at this time Mamta Banerjee is in Delhi and is meeting many big leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, he has not met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi this time. It is noteworthy that in recent times, disgruntled big leaders of many parties have joined TMC. In this episode, now today former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma along with 12 Congress MLAs has announced to support TMC on Wednesday.

Sangma is understood to have been upset after Vincent H. Pala was made the head of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee. Sangma had also said that the party leadership did not consult Pala on his appointment. Since then there were speculations that Sangma might join TMC. Seeing Sangma’s displeasure, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had met Sangma and State Congress President Vincent H Pala in October 2021. The matter was considered to be resolved immediately, but after a month, Sangma gave a big blow to the Congress.

In Meghalaya, the Congress won 21 seats and the National People’s Party 20 in the 2018 elections to the 60 assembly seats. UDF had 6 seats and independents had 3 seats. The BJP had won only two seats but was later formed by the NPP, in which the BJP is an ally. Now leaving Mukul Sangma with 12 Congress MLAs, the Congress will be left with only nine MLAs.

Edited By: Monika Minal