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Mukul Sangma elected TMC Assembly leader, To Meet Mamata on Nov 29

Former Congress chief minister , who joined TMC along with 11 other Congress MLAs, was elected as the legislative party leader of the newly formed All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) in Meghalaya on Friday.

A delegation of the newly formed TMC legislature party in Meghalaya will be flying to Kolkata next week to discuss the “burning issues” concerning the state including implementing an Inner Line Permit (ILP) with the party’s chairperson Mamata Banerjee.

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Sangma’s expected elevation was formalised during the first legislative party meeting of the AITC held at the residence of the former Congress leader here.

The meeting, which was attended by all the 12 MLAs who defected from the Congress to TMC on Thursday, also elected Umroi legislator George B Lyngdoh as the Opposition chief whip and Mawsynram legislator Himalaya Shangpliang as secretary.

Since the merger of the breakaway faction of the Congress has been ruled as valid by Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, the AITC is now the principal opposition party in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

At the meeting, Mukul thanked all the MLAs for reposing their faith in him as leader under the new political party, an official of the TMC said.

TMC leaders also said the Congress is free to legally examine the decision of the 12 MLAs to part company with the Congress and merge their faction with Trinamool Congress.

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