Meghalaya: The Meghalaya Congress’s move to offer “issue-based support” to the state’s BJP-Conrad Sangma alliance has been called out by Trinamool Congress. “A great betrayal” was how the state’s former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma – who recently joined Trinamool – termed the offer by the Congress, which is also the main opposition party nationally.
The Congress, weakened after 11 of its MLAs, led by Mukul Sangma joined the Trinamool Congress, has admitted to its “identity in that opposition is already very blurred and confusing”. Earlier this week, after a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party meeting, they made the move that blurred lines between the government and the opposition.
There has been no reaction yet from the party’s central leaders.
“It is a reflection of the fact that the Congress in the state of Meghalaya is in complete disarray… they are victims full of confusion. By associating with the ruling National People’s Party which is an NDA partner and offering issue-based support to the government where BJP is a partner, the Congress has taken a position, which is a great betrayal to the opposition,” said Mr Sangma
Last month, the 56-year-old leader had quit Congress along with 11 of the 17 other party MLAs in the state, to join the Trinamool Congress in a huge coup.
The development bared fractures in the opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls amid fierce attempts by the BJP rivals to join hands and pose a collective challenge.
After the meeting earlier this week, Ampareen Lyngdoh, the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, had said: “This will be a support on the issues that concern the general public and where the government and opposition both need to work closely to solve them. We will see how this offer that we gave the government works out but our identity in that opposition is already very blurred and confusing. We don’t even know if we will have to re-look into so many positions in the opposition that now might go vacant.