At a time when rumours of former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma joining Trinamool Congress are making rounds, Sangma said on Thursday reaffirmed his allegiance to the Congress while suggesting its State unit needs a course correction.
The rumour took off when the two-term Congress Chief Minister, veteran Congress leader, was snubbed by the party high command from the state president post and appointed Lok Sabha member Vincent H. Pala.
The Leader of Opposition in Meghalaya Assembly, Sangma on Friday said he would seek to rectify the “mistakes and the wrongdoings” at an appropriate level within the “four walls of the party”.
Rumours had it that Sangma met with Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata on September 21. This came soon after the former Chief Minister skipped a programme to re-induct five former Congress leaders as well as the formal anointment of Mr. Pala as State unit president.
However, party members revealed that Sangma’s meeting with Banerjee did happen, but more as a “mere courtesy call” to an “emergency” that emerged at the TMC headquarters in West Bengal.
The rumours has raised eyebrows especially because the TMC, emboldened by its victory in West Bengal last Assembly elections March-April this year disseminating the BJP, has made certain incursions in the northeast India, mostly in Tripura and Assam.
A second generation Congress loyalist, Sangma said that he had followed his parents’ footsteps into the Congress and have represented the Ampati constituency for the party and took several responsibilities in building it stronger in the state.
“But we must take cognisance of the mistakes and wrongs, and go for course correction,” he told media at Meghalaya capital Shillong. He had represented the Ampati constituency in the Garo Hills since 1993.
Without giving a straight answer when asked about rumours of him joining TMC, Sangma said, “I do have friends in different political parties within and outside the State. But the focus now is to see how things have gone and how they can be resolved within our party,” he said.
Sangma last Thursday in a telephonic interview with Hindustan Times, had said, “Take it from me, I have not met or spoken to anyone from any quarter and I don’t know the source of such misleading information.
Meghalaya Congress, that has 17 legislators in the Assembly (as per the government website), is gearing up for the ensuing Assembly elections as this term will end on February 2023.