The Congress party has got a big setback in Meghalaya. In fact, the news of 12 MLAs including former CM Mukul Sangma joining the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is coming to the fore. According to sources, 12 out of 18 Congress MLAs in the state have joined Mamta’s party. This also means that now TMC will become the main opposition party of Meghalaya.
Mukul Sangma along with 12 MLAs has given a letter to the Speaker that they are forming another group and supporting TMC. Mukul Sangma can make a formal announcement to join TMC tomorrow i.e. on Thursday.
In October, there was speculation that Mukul Sangma was reportedly unhappy with MPCC (Meghalaya Pradesh Congress) president Vincent Pala. According to reports, he had the support of around 14 MLAs from the Garo Hills region, following which former Congress President Rahul Gandhi called Sangma to the national capital.
The leader had earlier met Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati and the Trinamool Congress leadership in Kolkata, leading to discussions that he may join the Bharatiya Janata Party or TMC. Asked if he is planning to quit the party, Sangma while talking to reporters said that the assumptions have been made a long time ago. He said that there are internal grievances in the Congress party.
Before the elections, Rahul Gandhi had met both Mukul Sangma and Vincent H Pala to bridge the rift. However, the Congress once again failed to make a mark as the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance won all the three assembly seats.
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