Meghalaya MLA

Delhi, Dec 14: Trinamool Congress MLA HM Shangpliang and three other sitting MLAs joined the Meghalaya BJP on Wednesday at the party headquarters in New Delhi. This comes at a time when Bengal Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee is in the state.

TMC’s HM Shangpliang, National People’s Party legislators Ferlin Sangma, Benedic Marak and independent MLA Samuel Sangma have joined the BJP ahead of the 2023 Meghalaya Assembly elections.

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Shangpliang, Ferlin Sangman, and Benedic Marak submitted their resignations to Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh last month. They have now joined the BJP, an ally in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance which is currently ruling the northeastern state.

Speculation was rife that these lawmakers also quit the membership of their respective parties and were set to join the BJP ahead of the state polls. Assembly polls are due in Meghalaya early next year.

Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee, addressed a TMC workers’ convention in Shillong on Tuesday, has alleged that the BJP-led Centre has neglected Meghalaya and other northeastern states and her party wants to assist the people of Meghalaya to ensure that the state is ruled by “sons of the soil”.