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TMC in trouble as captain Mukul looks to desert ship

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG, Dec 3: The Meghalaya Trinamool Congress is reportedly in trouble, with its captain looking for safer ships to navigate while staying motionless in the face of the internal storm that the crew members are experiencing, endangering the ship they are on.
“Dr Mukul Sangma appeared to be upset with the TMC leadership following our election defeat. He then abruptly began gravitating towards the BJP, engaging in some discussions along the way. He also began to disregard the party and everyone else. Now that everyone was being led by the central leadership, the man who led the team to Kolkata in 2021 became resentful of the high command, started acting strangely, and no longer wishes to be a member of the TMC,” said a party insider known to be close to Mukul.
The source claims that Mukul has not even discussed any strategy for the party with the majority of the leaders, and even Kolkata appears to be at a loss for ideas on how to proceed.
The source from the party stated, “Especially in this vacuum when there is no strong opposition in Meghalaya, TMC could have filled the gap but there is loss in terms of vision and road map and there seems to be no concrete solution and common understanding between the leaders and TMC has come to a standstill.” The source further noted that the party’s 17% vote share in the Assembly elections earlier this year is a sign that, with effort, the party can build on that strength and things will improve for the party.
It was reported that while Mukul has not publicly acknowledged his discussions with BJP leaders, it is well known within the party that they took place recently. However, the main impediment to Mukul’s plans was influential BJP leader and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who posed a lot of pushback within the BJP.
The party insider referred to Mukul’s recent remarks regarding the Lok Sabha elections and said that they were confusing and that he was attempting to blame the high command for the delay in announcing the candidates.
According to the source, “Dr Mukul has not even met with the TMC leadership in the last six months to discuss on any political strategy of the party.”
“If the party leadership is to move forward in Meghalaya, Dr Mukul has to be clear as to what he wants to do in the coming months because this way the grassroots are also confused and he has to draw strategy to ensure that the acceptance of TMC in Khasi-Jaintia Hills grows and the party is secluded from false narration of other political parties,” the source stated, while asserting that the TMC as a party is still intact.

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