The Congress has been going into electoral battle cavalier angle with out the drive to win, former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma advised NDTV on Thursday, detailing why he and 11 different MLAs switched to the Trinamool Congress.
“We (the Congress) go to electoral battle not to win. It is ‘Chalta hai’ attitude with which we go,” Dr Sangma mentioned, explaining why the celebration misplaced the earlier state elections. He mentioned the Congress had been weakened in a number of states and had no credible plans for a revival.
“Unfortunately, there are many other senior leaders as well, who have tried to talk to the Senior leadership in Congress, but to no avail… it’s not like Dr Mukul Sangma has not tried. Dr Mukul Sangma has made an attempt after attempt to have audience [with the Congress leadership],” Dr Sangma mentioned, when requested if he had tried discussing the issues with the celebration’s management earlier than switching to the Trinamool.
The former Chief Minister mentioned it was election strategist Prashant Kishor who approached him to affix the Trinamool. The two sides held a number of rounds of talks and it was a “long-drawn task”.
“We also did a little research at our own end… and looked at if it’s possible to align with anybody. Then he (Prashant Kishor) also suggested… that you need to look at this particular space (the Trinamool) which is available,” Dr Sangma mentioned.
The assertion got here on a day when the Trinamool – a spin-off of the Congress-led by Mamata Banerjee – took in Mukul Sangma and 11 different Congress MLAs in an enormous coup for West Bengal’s ruling celebration within the northeast.
The Meghalaya MLAs submitted a letter to meeting Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh round 10 pm on Wednesday, informing him of their change of standing, sources mentioned.
The improvement, which makes the Trinamool Congress the principal opposition celebration within the state, got here a day after Congress leaders Kirti Azad and Ashok Tanwar in addition to Pawan Varma, previously of Janata Dal (United), joined the Trinamool Congress in Delhi within the presence of celebration chief Mamata Banerjee at present visiting the nationwide capital.