Mukul denies move to Trinamool, says had gone to get “haircut”
Mukul's statement is in contradiction with the statement of an AITC leader, who said on Wednesday that the party had unsuccessfully approached Mukul to establish its presence in the northeast tribal belt, where it has no significant presence currently.
Congress leader Mukul Sangma on Thursday denied media reports of him joining Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress’s (AITC) and said he had gone to get a “haircut” when the media was “creating wrong perceptions” about him.
“I will continue to strive and ensure that the party is strengthened,” Mukul said addressing the press, adding that he will press for "course correction" within the four walls of Congress to talk to the right people in the party for resolving internal differences.
The former chief minister’s statement is in contradiction with the statement of an AITC leader, who said on Wednesday that the party had approached Mukul to establish its presence in the northeast tribal belt, where it has no significant presence currently. However, the leader, who wished to remain anonymous, added that "nothing materialised" of the visit.
The saga comes at a time when sources close to Meghalaya’s Congress have cited an internal tussle between Mukul and newly-appointed state president Vincent Pala, who was supposedly handed the reins without any internal party election nor any consultation with veteran state leaders.
Pala, reacting to media reports of Mukul meeting AITC leaders, had said on Wednesday that Mukul “knows the consequence of joining another party.”
When asked about Pala’s comments, Mukul said, “I will not comment on what he says. Everyone has their own internal thinking… People know how I function. They will soon know about him.”
Sangma added that he will go to Delhi to discuss certain issues with party leaders but refused to divulge any concrete details on his visit.
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