Meghalaya: Mukul Sangma and some Congress MLAs likely to join Trinamool today
Former chief minister and current leader of opposition, Mukul Sangma is likely to join All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) along with some other legislators, Congress sources informed on Thursday. The move could be a major setback for the current opposition party ahead of the 2023 state elections in Meghalaya. An official announcement will likely be made today.
Sources informed that a team from the AITC will arrive in Meghalaya today to take matters forward with Sangma.
Earlier this month, sources had said that Sangma met the leadership of AITC in Kolkata as he was unhappy with the way current Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, Vincent Pala was appointed, wherein senior leaders like him were left out of the consultation process and no voting took place.
In the recent past, the internal rift between Pala and Sangma was news for quite some time and Congress sources had earlier informed that the latter was likely to shift parties, given Pala's probable aspirations of contesting the 2023 state elections as the chief ministerial candidate of Congress.
With this, the AITC has established its second major footprint in the northeast with the Mamata Banerjee-led party looking to put up a fight in the 2023 Meghalaya and Tripura elections. Many Congress and BJP members have joined the AITC in Tripura, where the party has now formally established its unit.
With the party having already made significant on-ground expansions, parliamentarian Sushmita Dev and former Goa chief minister Luizinho Faleiro have also recently jumped to the AITC from Congress.
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