New Delhi: As 12 of 17 Congress MLAs in Meghalaya joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC), senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday alleged conspiracy to break the party in northeast and challenged the TMC to make the defecting leaders contest on the party’s ticket. He also alleged that the TMC wants to divide the Congress and help Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP.
“This conspiracy to break Congress is happening not only in Meghalaya but whole northeast. I challenge the TMC to make them resign as the Congress MLA and contest on the party’s ticket. Even if they reportedly joined the TMC, they are still the Congress MLA and it is the Congress voters who have voted them. If they win on TMC tickets then we will recognise your capability,” Chowdhury said.
Meanwhile, former Meghalaya Congress chief minister Mukul Sangma said that 12 Congress legislators have taken a “conscious decision” to join TMC.
“We have taken a conscious decision to join TMC. A complete sense of commitment towards serving the people has brought us to take this decision. In the 2018 Assembly elections, we were confident of forming a government but we could not. Again, post-poll there were activities to poach our members,” Sangma said in a press conference here.
“This group of 17 we have, collectively demonstrated our commitment…the commitment towards the state has superseded everything else…we are failing in our duty as far as the role of the opposition is concerned,” he added.
Earlier on Wednesday night, Trinamool Congress said that 12 out of 17 Congress MLA from Meghalaya have joined TMC.
Notably, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal on November 18 held a meeting at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, which was attended by Manish Chatrath to evaluate to party’s performance in the recently concluded by-polls in Meghalaya.
The meeting was also joined by other party leaders of the state including MPCC President Vincent H Pala, CLP leader Mukul Sangma, MPCC working president M Arnpareen Lyngdoh, Secretary AICC in-charge Manipur Charles Pyngrope, MPCC working presidents Marthon Sangma and James Lyngdoh.
(With ANI Inputs)