SHILLONG: The 12 Congress legislators of the State who joined the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) addressed a press conference on Tuesday at Kolkata.
Dr Mukul Sangma, who was recently elected as the party's parliamentary leader in the Meghalaya Assembly, while addressing the media, said that their decision (to merge with the TMC) will be a trendsetter across the northeast and the country.
"The pattern will follow in several other States. We are only responding to the collective desire of the people and for the interest of this great nation," Dr Sangma said. He also said that they decided to join the TMC based on the palpable feeling of thousands of Congress workers across the State of Meghalaya, the Northeast and in the country as well.
"They are anxious and wanted an alternative. Our decision to join TMC was based on that," he said. The former Chief Minister also said that Kolkata is the second home for the people of Meghalaya. He also said that in the next few months, they will begin setting up an organizational framework of TMC across Meghalaya.
According to Dr. Sangma, people across the country want a political force to counter the BJP. He also said that more and more people will join the movement under the leadership of TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee. Dr. Sangma also said that the decision taken by the legislators to join the Trinamool was not taken in months, but years and also after thoroughly assessing the ground reality.
"Didi's leadership style has made us believe that political dynamics will shift in the coming days," he added.
Meanwhile, newly-appointed TMC Meghalaya unit, chief Charles Pyngrope said that the legislators decided by resolution to join TMC and thanked Mamata Banerjee for accepting them in the party.
"By joining the Trinamool Congress, we hope that we will be able to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people of Meghalaya," Pyngrope said.