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A day after 12 out of 17 MLAs of Congress including former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma switched to Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress remained unquartered and said that it will work with opposition unity during the Winter Session of Parliament. The decision was taken during a Parliamentary party strategy meeting in Delhi on Thursday.
Cong To Focus On ‘Oppn Unity’ In Parl, Even As TMC Poaches Its 12 Meghalaya MLAs
NEW DELHI: A day after 12 out of 17 MLAs of Congress including former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma switched to Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress remained unperturbed and said that it will work with opposition unity during the Winter Session of Parliament.
The decision was taken during a Parliamentary party strategy meeting in Delhi on Thursday.
Speaking to media, senior Congress leader Mallikarjin Kharge said, “Under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, we discussed the coming parliament session. We have to raise a lot of issues in parliament. On 29th, we will raise the MSP (Minimum Support Price) and farmers’ issue.”
He said that party will raise issue of inflation, petrol and diesel prices and Chinese incursions.
“We want a discussion on all these issues. We will coordinate with all other parties – Trinamool Congress, and others to have a coordinated approach,” he said.
“We want opposition unity,” Kharge noted.
The remarks came a day after the Congress faced a mega political crisis in Meghalaya where 12 out if 17 MLAs of the party switched their alliance with the Trinamool Congress, thus ceding the position of opposition party in the state assembly.
According to Trinamool Congress sources, the Meghalaya Congress MLAs submitted a letter to assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh on Wednesday night informing him of their change of status.
The mega coup in the northeastern state came a day after Congress leaders Kirti Azad and Ashok Tanwar as well as former Janata Dal united leader Pavan Varma joined the Trinamool Congress in Delhi in the presence of party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Delhi.
Meghalaya is the latest state where the Trinamool Congress is in expansion mode.
Ridong high on assembly.elr tin victory in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress is on expansion spree in Assam, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana.
Earlier Congress leaders like late President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee, Assam Congress leader Sushmita Dev had joined the Trinamool Congress.
Banerjee, who is currently in Delhi on four day visit this time had not met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi with whom she shares a very cordial relationship.