Monday, February 6, 2023

Mamata to visit Meghalaya


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to embark on a maiden two-day visit to Meghalaya on December 12, with the party intensifying its campaign in the poll-bound state, a TMC leader said on Wednesday.
Banerjee’s visit to Meghalaya will come after one of the 12 TMC legislators, Himalaya Muktan Shangpliang recently resigned from the primary membership of the party as well as from the state assembly to join the BJP.
Shangpliang along with 11 other Congress MLAs, led by former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and former assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope, had merged with the Mamata-led party in November last year.
Three more TMC legislators – Marthon Sangma, Jimmy D Sangma and Shitlang Pale are expected to quit the party later this month. Marthon and Jimmy are expected to seek re-election on NPP (National People’s Party) ticket, while Pale will be joining the United Democratic Party (UDP), the major constituent of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance.
Pyngrope, who is the president of TMC in Meghalaya, said, Banerjee is scheduled to arrive in December 12 to discuss strategies with party leaders of the state for the upcoming state assembly elections.
“She will meet party workers from all the 60 assembly seats and would also interact with civil society groups and leaders of the state,” he said, adding that the West Bengal Chief Minister will also participate in a pre-Christmas celebration with children in Shillong.
On whether the TMC president would make attempts to pacify the three party legislators who are planning to leave the party before the State assembly elections, Pyngrope said, “There is no question of pacifying or not pacifying. Doors are open and not closed and those who want to come they will come back”.
Earlier, TMC legislature party leader and former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said two to four of the party legislators had personally indicated that they would quit the party.
“We have nothing against the TMC leadership in the state or for that matter with any of the TMC leaders. We decided not to contest on TMC as people in Meghalaya, especially in the rural constituencies, perceive it as a ‘Bengali’ party,” one of three TMC legislators said on condition of anonymity.
“My supporters tried to explain to them about TMC but it is difficult to explain. Therefore, I will decide accordingly,” he said.
Meanwhile, the TMC is reportedly preparing to field its candidates for all the 60 assembly seats in the state.

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