How Mukul Sangma Jumped Ship to TMC
Mukul Sangma expressed his dissatisfaction with remaining in the Congress two months ago. Owing to the growing distance between him and Pradesh Congress Committee chief Vincent Pala since the latter was appointed the new Meghalaya unit chief.
As Sangma’s discontent grew, his friend and political strategist Prashant Kishor realized it was time for the veteran North-eastern leader to move on.
Sangma paid a “courtesy visit” to Kishor in September, when Bengal was preoccupied with the Bhabanipur elections. This trip, however, was the catalyst for his decision to break ties with the Grand Old Party.
As word got out in political circles that Sangma was warming up to the Trinamool Congress, 10, Janpath reacted.
Sangma held a press conference at home. He was claiming that things will fall into place and that Congress’ top leadership will make the necessary course corrections.
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Meanwhile, he met Kishor multiple times in Delhi, inspired by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s political moves. The IPAC team has also relocated to Meghalaya and has been working there for the past two months.
Sangma eventually decided it was time to say his goodbyes to Congress.
According to TMC sources, Sangma’s departure from Congress was a covert operation by Mamata Banerjee’s party. This was because he was one of the most powerful figures in the Northeast Congress. With his departure, Congress no longer has any big names to brag about in the northeast.
The exodus of Congress leaders to the TMC shows that the Trinamool is not in the mood to spare the Grand Old Party, with whom it has a tumultuous relationship.