Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Mukul Sangma has left the Congress party. Sangma has joined hands with Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with 12 other MLAs. Talking to reporters, Sangma said that he has now taken the right decision.
Talking to reporters in Shillong, Congress leader Mukul Sangma said that he has decided to join TMC. He also hit out at the Congress for ‘failing as an opposition’ in the state. “We have decided to merge with the Trinamool Congress,” Sangma said.
Elaborating on the decision of quitting the old party, Sangma said, “The full sense of commitment towards serving the people has driven us to take this decision. In the 2018 assembly elections, we were confident of forming the government, but we could not do so. He further said that the opposition MLAs have been close to the state till now.
Sangma further said that the Congress failed as the opposition in the state, “This group of 17 has collectively demonstrated their commitment… Commitment to the state has superseded everything else… as far as As for the role of the opposition, Sangma said that the Congress has failed to play the role of the main opposition party in the country.
TMC coup in Meghalaya
Senior Congress leader Mukul Sangma along with 12 MLAs has written to the Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly saying that they are forming another group and supporting TMC. In October, there was speculation that Mukul Sangma was reportedly unhappy with MPCC (Meghalaya Pradesh Congress) president Vincent Pala, who was elected as the state unit chief without deliberation. According to the report, an angry Sangma was called by former Congress President Rahul Gandhi to the national capital to meet him.
During this period, the leader also met Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati and the Trinamool Congress leadership in Kolkata, leading to discussions whether he might switch to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or TMC.
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