Delhi, First Published Nov 24, 2021, 11:26 PM IST
New Delhi: Another major setback for the Congress. In Meghalaya, 12 MLAs left the party in the presence of the national leadership. They joined Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. The Congress has a total of 17 MLAs in the state. Former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has also joined the Trinamool Congress. The official announcement will be made tomorrow. With the defection of Congress MLAs, the state’s main opposition party will now be the Trinamool Congress.
Mukul Sangma will hold a press conference in Shillong tomorrow to announce the decision. Just yesterday, two leaders defected, shortly before the MLAs’ defection. Congress leader Keerthi Azad and former Haryana PCC president Ashok Tanwar had left the party and joined the Trinamool Congress. Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had said that she would continue her efforts to expand her party.
Mamata Banerjee’s split in the party came as a shock to Congress leaders in the run-up to the Punjab Assembly elections. With this, Mamata Banerjee will be able to become the second largest party in the state overnight. It is also important to note that Mukul Sangma’s defection came after a long period of dissatisfaction with the national leadership.
Earlier, there were rumors that Mukul Sangma would join the Trinamool Congress, but he rejected all these. Mamata Banerjee did not meet Sonia Gandhi when she last visited Delhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. When asked about this, Mamata said that she did not need to meet Sonia Gandhi every time she came to Delhi.
Last Updated Nov 24, 2021, 11:33 PM IST