Congress has taken a cavalier stance in the electoral battle without a will to win, former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma told The Bharat Express News on Thursday, explaining why he and 11 other MPs moved to Trinamool Congress.
“We (the Congress) are participating in the electoral battle not to win. It is with the ‘Chalta hai’ attitude that we are going,” said Dr Sangma, explaining why the party had lost the previous national elections. He said Congress had been weakened in several states and had no credible plan for a revival.
“Unfortunately, many other top leaders have tried to talk to top leaders in Congress as well, but to no avail … it’s not like Dr Mukul Sangma hasn’t tried. Dr Mukul Sangma has tried after attempt . have an audience [with the Congress leadership]”Dr Sangma said, when asked if he had tried to discuss the issues with the party leadership before moving to Trinamool.
The former chief minister said it was electoral strategist Prashant Kishor who approached him to join Trinamool. The two sides held several rounds of talks and it was a “long-term task”.
“We also did a little research on our side … and looked if it was possible to line up with anyone. Then he (Prashant Kishor) also suggested … that you have to look at that particular space. (the Trinamool) that is available, ”said Dr Sangma.
The claim came on a day when Trinamool – a congressional spin-off led by Mamata Banerjee – hosted Mukul Sangma and 11 other congressmen in a massive coup for the ruling West Bengal party in the northeast.
Meghalaya MPs on Wednesday submitted a letter to Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, informing him of their change of status, sources said.
The move, which makes Trinamool Congress the state’s main opposition party, came a day after Congress leaders Kirti Azad and Ashok Tanwar as well as Pawan Varma, formerly of Janata Dal (United), joined the Trinamool Congress in Delhi in the presence of party leader Mamata Banerjee currently visiting the national capital.