TMC to expand base across Northeast ahead of 2024: Mukul Sangma
Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Sangma said that the TMC is looking forward to expand its political base across the Northeast, ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The former Meghalaya Chief Minister, who recently switched over to the TMC along with 11 other Congress MLAs, told PTI in an interview that the political dynamics in the entire region is going to change with him quitting the grand old party.
“I have been holding talks with leaders from other states in the region. They have been calling me up following the political decision that we have taken. This indicates that they are looking for something new in their respective states,” Sangma said.
The six-time MLA said that former Assembly speaker Charles Pyngrope is likely to be the state president of TMC, while Sangma, as the legislature party leader, would focus on taking on the government head-on, as well as expanding the party in other neighbouring states.
The 12 new TMC MLAs have left for Kolkata on Sunday to meet party chief Mamata Banerjee and other senior leaders to finalise the roles of Sangma and Pyngrope.
Noting that his joining a new political party was long overdue, Sangma said that the ‘lahe lahe’ (slowly slowly in Assamese) attitude of Congress has resulted in an exodus of its leaders.
“It’s always good to have a new party in the game as it generates new interests. Anyone aligning himself/herself with a political organisation has a purpose. The TMC leadership in the state is ‘tight’ with unanimous vision and responsibility,” the two-time CM said.
“Politics is a tough job, and when you decide to be a politician, you assume upon yourself a responsibility that revolves around creating acceptability at all levels,” Sangma said.
Exuding confidence that the people of Meghalaya will have no problem in accepting TMC, Sangma said that the party is not new in the state.
Former Lok Sabha speaker and Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s father P.A. Sangma was once elected as a TMC MP from Tura constituency in western Meghalaya.
Asked if the people of Meghalaya will accept TMC under the new dispensation, Sangma said, “I trust my people. I know them. My trust and confidence give me strength.”
Sangma, however, said that providing an alternative also means that a lot of hard work needs to be put in. “There is no time to rest. The 2022 Meghalaya assembly polls and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections are very crucial,” he said.
Sangma said that the TMC is focussing on the need to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya in the backdrop of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
“The demand for implementation of ILP in Meghalaya has become louder after CAA because there is an anticipated scenario that awaits to be unfolded,” Sangma added.