- Former Meghalaya CM and Congress MLA Mukul Sangma joined Trinamool Congress with 11 other MLAs
Shillong: The buzz about former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s disappointment with the Congress has turned out to be true. He joined the Trinamool Congress, taking with him 11 other Congress MLAs. They resigned formally from Congress on Wednesday night.
Rumour proved right
Last month, there was a strong buzz that Mukul Sangma would leave Congress and join TMC. At that time, it was said that he was unhappy with the appointments to the state unit of the party. He had even reportedly said that he would push for a course correction.
However, at that time, he had rubbished the reports, denying that he was in touch with TMC leaders.
Congress loses Opposition status in Meghalaya
Sangma and the other MLAs submitted their resignation to Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh on Wednesday night.
With 12 of its MLAs gone, Congress has been left with just five MLAs in the Meghalaya Assembly. On the other hand, TMC has emerged as the main Opposition party in the House.
‘Congress failed to respond to call of duty’
At a press conference in Shillong on Thursday afternoon, Mukul Sangma said that there was a need for a strong pan-India alternative (to the current ruling party) as Congress was failing to respond to its call of duty as the main opposition. “Our exercise to find such a party ultimately culminated in this decision,” he said.
The disappointment in the Congress high command was apparent as Sangma pointed out that they “were making trips after trips to Delhi while it should have been the other way round.”
Poll strategist Prashant Kishore seems to have influenced the Congress leaders in their final decision.
Sangma said that their interactions with Prashant Kishore led them to join TMC.
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