In the midst of the exit of Mukul Sangma, the Assam Congress tried to consolidate. Guwahati News – Times of India


Guwahati: Resignation of former chief minister Meghalaya, Mukul SangmaThe TMC, with 11 out of 17 Congress MLAs in the hill state, is being seen as another setback for the party, which has not been able to stop the exodus of its leaders to other parties.
The departure of Mukul and his team has made the TMC the principal opposition in Meghalaya and has come as a setback for the Congress, which is in the process of revamping its committees in the three Bengali-dominated Barak Valley districts in Assam. where she is facing a serious condition. Danger from Mamata Banerjee’s party
Assam Congress president Bhupen Bora on Thursday said the new leadership would soon be given charge of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. Though senior party leader from Barak Valley and former All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev had joined TMC sometime back, Congress insiders said that the party has been torn apart by Mukul leaving the Congress along with 11 MLAs.
“In Barak Valley, we are going to reconstitute three district committees. Before the upcoming municipal elections, there will be a major reshuffle,” Bora said.
He admitted that the Sushmita Dev factor is also one of the reasons behind the reshuffle decision. “Our district presidents in Barak Valley have been in their present positions for a long time. One of them has crossed 80 years of age, while one is ill. I do not want to continue in the second position. Taking into account all the issues (including the sushmita factor) a reshuffle is inevitable,” Bora said.
Sushmita told TOI that after the Congress suffered another humiliating defeat in the recent bypolls, the talks between the TMC leadership and the leaders of the Assam Congress have intensified. “We are coming to Assam, rest assured. We waited for the right time and right situation in Meghalaya.
He said the TMC is carefully strategizing as the state is divided into Upper, Lower, Central Assam and Barak Valley. “Abhishek Banerjee and Prashant Kishor are in talks with the leaders of the Assam Congress,” he said.
At the last Assam Congress Legislature Party (ACLP) meeting this week, all Congress MLAs had expressed their desire to continue serving the Congress. But the way the leaders are switching sides, the Congress has little faith in its leaders. Rupjyoti Kurmi and Sushant Borgohain joined the BJP, while Sushmita joined the TMC.
“As per their statements at the ACLP meeting, we do not believe that any Congress MLA or MP, who was a special invitee, would join any other party. But if they decide to leave Congress, they will. They will not need my permission to do so,” Bora said.
Despite 17 district committees, the TMC failed to make any impact in the 2021 Assam elections, where it focused mainly on minority-dwelling areas in lower Assam and the Barak Valley. When Sushmita Dev joined the TMC, it was seen as a big gain for the party not only in Assam but also in Tripura, which goes to polls in 2023. Sushmita’s father Santosh Mohan was twice elected to the Lok Sabha from the Tripura West constituency. And the family still has substantial relevance in Tripura politics. TMC is expected to benefit from this connection. But the joining of Mukul Sangma to TMC has been a major setback as he was the chairman of the Northeast Congress Coordination Committee.