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 important opposition, because it capped a technique assembly in Delhi on Thursday with a pledge to uphold unity amongst opponents of the ruling BJP.
“Below the management of Sonia Gandhi, we mentioned the approaching parliament session. We have to boost a number of points in parliament. On twenty ninth, we’ll increase the MSP (Minimal Assist Value) and farmers’ problem,” senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge mentioned in a media briefing.
“We will increase inflation, petrol and diesel costs and Chinese language incursions. We desire a dialogue on all these points. We will coordinate with all different events – Trinamool, and others to have a coordinated strategy,” he mentioned.
“We need opposition unity,” Mr Kharge mentioned.
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 social gathering 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 event, which makes the Trinamool Congress the principal opposition social gathering 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 social gathering chief Mamata Banerjee at present visiting the nationwide capital.
Meghalaya is the newest state the place the Trinamool Congress, in enlargement mode over the past 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 sooner Congress entrants within the social gathering 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 couple of assembly.
Requested concerning the matter, the Trinamool Congress chief flared up. She had sought no appointment with Sonia Gandhi, as “they’re busy with Punjab polls”, Ms Banerjee mentioned.
Then she pointedly added, “Why ought to we meet Sonia each time? It’s not constitutionally mandated.”