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We Want Opposition Unity, Says Congress Day After Meghalaya Coup

Sonia Gandhi (left) chaired the Congress assembly. (File)

New Delhi:

The Congress appeared remarkably unperturbed a day after it misplaced 12 of 17 MLAs in Meghalaya to the Trinamool Congress, ceding the place of the state’s major opposition, because it capped a technique assembly in Delhi on Thursday with a pledge to uphold unity amongst opponents of the ruling BJP.

“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,” senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge stated in a media briefing.

“We will raise inflation, petrol and diesel prices and Chinese incursions. We want a discussion on all these issues. We will coordinate with all other parties – Trinamool, and others to have a coordinated approach,” he stated.

“We want opposition unity,” Mr Kharge stated.

The assertion got here on a day when the Trinamool – a spin-off of the Congress-led by Mamata Banerjee – took in former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and 11 different Congress MLAs in an enormous coup for West Bengal’s ruling celebration within the northeast.

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Senior leaders of the Congress attended the assembly chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

The Meghalaya MLAs submitted a letter to meeting Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh round 10 pm on Wednesday, informing him of their change of standing, sources stated.

The growth, 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.

Meghalaya is the newest state the place the Trinamool Congress, in enlargement mode during the last couple of months, has made an inroad. In Assam, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana, its inroad has been at the price of the Congress.

The earlier Congress entrants within the celebration included late President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee; Sushmita Dev, the previous Congress MP from Silchar and daughter of late Congress stalwart Santosh Mohan Dev.

Ms Banerjee, recognized to share a cordial relationship with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has not met her this time, though there was a buzz a few assembly.

Asked concerning the matter, the Trinamool Congress chief flared up. She had sought no appointment with Sonia Gandhi, as “they are busy with Punjab polls”, Ms Banerjee stated.

Then she pointedly added, “Why should we meet Sonia every time? It is not constitutionally mandated.”

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