In a major setback to the opposition Congress, as many as 12 MLAs quit the party to the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Leader of Opposition and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Mukul Sangma along with eleven other legislators submitted their resignation letter to the Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh on Wednesday evening, sources said.
“We have quit Congress and have joined TMC,” one of the MLAs said over phone. The MLAs are convening a press conference on Thursday to officially announce their decision.
The 12 MLAs include all the eight MLAs from Garo Hills and four from Khasi-Jaintia Hills.
Apart from Mukul Sangma, the other MLAs from Garo Hills are Zenith M Sangma (Rangsakona), Dikkanchi D Shira (Mahendraganj), Miani D Shira (Ampati), Winnerson D Sangma (Salmanpara), Marthon D Sangma (Mendipathar), Jimmy D Sangma (Tikrikilla) and Lazarus Sangma (Chokpot).
From Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, those who quit the Congress include Charles Pyngrope (Nongthymmai), George B Lyngdoh (Umroi), Himalaya Shangpliang (Mawsynram) and Shitlang Pale (Sutnga Saipung).