Congress continues to crumble in Meghalaya; 11 party members of Council joins TMC
Congress faces another setback as 11 members of the council in the North Garo Hills joined Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool making them the principal opposition party in the local body.
The grand old Congress party has again suffered a huge setback as 11 elected members of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, on Thursday, left the party and joined the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). The move comes just a few days after 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs deserted the party and joined hands with Bengal’s ruling party -Trinamool Congress. This move made the Trinamool Congress the principal opposition party in the state. With the latest move, Congress now has no representation in the 30-member Garo Hills in the Autonomous District Council.
Former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma who along with 11 Congress MLAs switched to Trinamool a couple of days back welcomed the 11 Council Members into the TMC fold. The National People’s Party (NPP) and its ally BJP have 17 and two members respectively in the 30 members council. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has predicted the development saying that a large-scale defection of Congress leaders and workers is on the way in the state and outside Meghalaya.
The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) was formed in the year 1952 when the state of Meghalaya was part of Assam and this is for the first time that the grand old Congress party will not have a representative in the Council. In the last election held in April this year, Congress won 12 out of 30 seats and emerged as the single largest party.
The move also comes at the time when the All India Trinamool Congress is on an extensive outreach drive. Recently, they inducted several prominent leaders of the Congress with names like Sushmita Dev, Kirti Azad, and Mukul Sangma. As per top sources in Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to visit the state before Christmas to strengthen the party in Meghalaya.
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