Congress called Trinamool a representative of BJP, said the purpose of ‘conspiracy’ is to weaken it

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New Delhi/Shillong, Nov 25 (PTI) The Congress on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led party in Meghalaya in the backdrop of several MLAs joining the Trinamool Congress, alleging that such parties are representatives of the BJP and their “representatives”. The purpose of ‘conspiracy’ is to weaken the country’s oldest party and strengthen the ruling party at the Centre.

The main opposition party also said that while it has suffered a major setback in Meghalaya, it will emerge stronger.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in Chandigarh, “BJP has been using the power of notes to throw out elected governments. He used it all over the country. They were successful in many cases such as in Karnataka, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand. Tried in Rajasthan also. A successful attempt was made in Arunachal Pradesh where the assembly met in a private hotel.

He alleged that similar efforts were made in Meghalaya as well. “That’s why we criticize Modi. If you (Trinamool) also do similar politics then how are you different?’

Party spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh told reporters here, “Whether it is an issue of the country, whether it is China issue, agricultural law issue, inflation and unemployment issue, who is fighting over these? Congress, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are fighting a battle. If someone wants that questions should not be asked on these issues and BJP should not be put in the dock, then their conspiracy has only one motive to weaken the Congress and strengthen the BJP. This is what Trinamool is doing.

Vallabh alleged, “Those who are doing this work that only BJP is benefiting from it. Whatever regional parties are doing, they are proxy (representatives) of BJP, standing with BJP.

He said that those who lack ideological commitment are leaving the Congress.

Congress’ Meghalaya in-charge Manish Chatrath said if the party had become ineffective in the state, then only Mukul Sangma was responsible for it.

He insisted that the Congress would emerge stronger than ever in Meghalaya and the people would teach a lesson to Sangma.

Significantly, 12 out of 17 Congress MLAs in the Meghalaya Assembly, including former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, joined the Trinamool Congress on Thursday.

Earlier, Congress leader Kirti Azad and former Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar had joined the Trinamool Congress on Tuesday.

Several other leaders with Congress background have joined the Trinamool Congress in the last few months. Among them are former party MPs Sushmita Dev, Luizinho Faleiro and Abhijit Mukherjee.

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