Congress in-charge for Meghalaya – Manish Chatrath will reach Shillong on Thursday. 

Chatrath’s visit to Meghalaya comes following reports of as many as 12 Congress MLAs from the state joining the TMC. 

Among those who have joined the TMC is former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma. 

This is a massive blow to the Congress in Meghalaya, which until Wednesday evening was the main opposition party. 

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A formal announcement regarding the Congress MLAs joining the TMC is expected by Thursday afternoon.  

The MLAs have already written to the Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh regarding this. 

Former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma switching sides comes less than a week after he met the AICC leadership in Delhi.  

Notably, rift emerged within the ranks of Congress party in Meghalaya ever since Lok Sabha MP Vincent Pala was appointed as the president of Meghalaya Congress in August. 

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Mukul Sangma claimed that the appointment of Vincent Pala as Meghalaya Congress chief was carried out without his consent.  

The TMC has been making impressive efforts to expand its base in the Northeast in recent times. 

Former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma is the third senior politician from the Northeast to join the TMC in the last few months.  

Earlier, Sushmita Dev from Assam and Subal Bhowmik from Tripura had joined the TMC. 

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