In a major setback to the Congress in Meghalaya, at least 12 of its MLAs including former chief minister Mukul Sangma, have ‘joined’ the TMC. 

This was claimed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) party sources late on Wednesday evening. 

A formal announcement regarding this massive development is expected by Thursday afternoon. 

According to reports, the MLAs have already written to the Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh regarding this. 

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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. 

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. 

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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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