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Setback awaits M’laya Congress!

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma distributes Holstein Friesian (HF) cattle at Ampati in South West Garo Hills last month
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma distributes Holstein Friesian (HF) cattle at Ampati in South West Garo Hills last month

A stunning but impending political realignment seems to have kept Meghalaya’s political landscape no less heat these days. The entire political development is believed to have been micro managed from New Delhi to allow BJP to make an inroad into the north eastern state after Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

In a major setback for Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, NPP, NCP, BJP legislators are set to strike an alliance where a few sitting Congress legislators are believed to have been preparing to join. That too hardly six months before the assembly polls where Sangma has been leaving no stone unturned to retain the Congress Government.

According to sources, at least half a dozen Congress ministers and MLAs are in touch with top BJP guys to join the saffron the party after BJP got strength of 2 NPP MLAs and 2 NCP MLAs. These are apart from seven independent legislators who are dead opposed to Congress.

“If six sitting Congress legislators join BJP then the opposition strength would have a huge boost,” said a political observer in Meghalaya.

But the Congress leaders in Meghalaya have vehemently denied the development saying that these are misinformation designed by the saffron party to weaken the ruling party’s poll prospect.

Congress leaders here said the party is united and is well prepared to take on BJP at any moment since only a couple of months after. “If today six Congress MLAs desert Mukul Sangma, the government wont collapse,” said a Congress leader who refused to be named.

The development was to take place five months back. But the beef controversy forced these Congress MLAs to keep mum and since the controversy seems to have died down the move gets top priority for BJP top brass.

Destinations

Songkal Wari, Rombagre, West Garo Hills
East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya
West Jaintia Hills, Indo-Bangla-border
South Gario Hills
Shillong