Ex-CM Mukul Sangma amongst 12 of 17 Cong MLAs set to hitch TMC in Meghalaya

The Congress is headed for a significant setback in Meghalaya with the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday claiming that 12 of the 17 MLAs of the principal Opposition occasion are set to hitch its camp.

This comes lower than every week after former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma met the AICC management in Delhi.

The growth will come as a lift for the TMC within the Northeast. When contacted, Sangma instructed The Indian Express that he’ll share some “happy developments and news” on Thursday.

In the 2018 polls, Congress had emerged as the one largest occasion with 21 seats within the 60-member state Assembly. The National People’s Party (NPP), led by Conrad Sangma, had bagged 19 seats and the BJP received two. But the NPP managed to cobble collectively a ruling alliance as a part of the BJP-backed North East Democratic Alliance.

Meghalaya is ready to carry Assembly polls in 2023.

The Congress’s Meghalaya unit has been in turmoil since Vincent H Pala was appointed state unit president in August, with Sangma claiming that the appointment was carried out with out his consent. In September, Sangma had stayed away from a operate to felicitate Pala.

In October, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and senior chief Rahul Gandhi met Sangma in Delhi in a bid to placate him, following which he claimed that “efforts are on to iron out the differences”.

Subsequently, within the October 30 bypolls, Sangma campaigned for a Congress candidate in one of many three constituencies the place elections have been held. As not too long ago as November 18, Sangma and Pala attended a gathering with Congress common secretary (organisation) Ok C Venugopal and AICC Meghalaya in-charge Manish Chatrath.

When contacted, Chatrath expressed shock on the growth. “K C Venugopal and I had a cordial meeting with Sangma, PCC president Vincent Pala, the three working presidents and some other senior leaders of the party from the state just five days ago, on November 18. Sangma also issued a statement after that meeting vowing to strengthen the party,” he stated.

Sources stated the AICC is making a last-ditch try to stop the break up. But one chief stated there may be little likelihood of a reconciliation now.

The TMC is making an aggressive push to develop its nationwide footprint. On Wednesday, West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, who’s visiting Delhi, steered that the occasion plans to again non-Congress Opposition events throughout the nation and make forays wherever it feels it could dislodge the Congress because the principal opposition.

Briefing reporters after assembly Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the third day of her Delhi go to, Banerjee made it clear that she didn’t search any appointment to satisfy Sonia Gandhi.

“I did not seek time from anyone apart from the PM. I know there are polls in Punjab and they (Gandhi and Kejriwal) are busy, let them work for their party… Do I need to meet every time? Is there any such constitutional provision?”

On Tuesday, Banerjee inducted Congress chief Kirti Azad, expelled JD(U) chief Pawan Varma, and former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar into her occasion.

Sangma is the seventh former Congress CM to depart the occasion since 2014. Recently, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh left the occasion. Earlier, former chief ministers Vijay Bahuguna (Uttarakhand), late Ajit Jogi (Chhattisgarh), S M Krishna (Karnataka), Narayan Rane (Maharashtra) and Giridhar Gamang (Odisha) had left the occasion.

With Manoj CG, New Delhi


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