Former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has given a long list of reasons why he and 11 of the state’s 17 MLAs have quit the Congress. For one, Mr Sangma lamented that the Congress had failed to function as an effective opposition party.
The announcement by Sangma and 11 MLAs to join the Trinamool Congress comes after months of frustration over party colleague Vincent Pala being made the Meghalaya Congress chief.
Sangma then went to Kolkata, where he met Trinamool’s election strategist Prashant Kishor for a “courtesy visit”. However, as events unfolded last night, that meeting acted as a springboard for Mr. Mukul to switch sides. Mr Kishor’s electoral strategy team is in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong to prepare the Trinamool for the 2023 Assembly elections.
“This is the culmination of our long analysis and due diligence on how we can serve our people and the nation… In 2018, we became the single largest party, but due to reasons known to all of us, we could not form the government,” Mr Sangma, along with 11 other MLAs, told reporters today.