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