In 2018, when Meghalaya went to the polls and outcomes have been declared, the Indian National Congress emerged as the one largest get together within the state meeting. Second up was the National Peoples Party. From 21 MLAs in 2018, in the present day, Congress has been left with merely 5 seats within the Meghalaya meeting. The newest blow to the Grand Old Party’s fortunes in Meghalaya got here on Wednesday night time, because the Trinamool Congress effectuated what will be known as a midnight coup in opposition to the Congress, and stole 12 MLAs from proper below Sonia Gandhi and her son’s nostril. Now, the Trinamool Congress has emerged because the principal opposition get together in Meghalaya.Congress Decimated in Meghalaya, 17 months earlier than Assembly ElectionsMeghalaya has been a bastion of the Congress get together for years. Not very way back, the state was thought-about impenetrable by events not belonging to the state. The TMC, nevertheless, appears to have taken a leap of religion and gone for the Congress’ jugular on this hill state. The Indian anti-defection legislation permits for two-thirds of legislators from one get together within the meeting to hitch one other, with out disqualification. This implies that these 12 MLAs will now be members of the Meghalaya meeting on a TMC image.Addressing the media on Thursday afternoon in Shillong, former chief minister Mukul Sangma, alongside 11 insurgent MLAs who’ve jumped ship to the TMC, mentioned, “Congress has failed to play the role of the main opposition party in the country. We have taken a decision to merge with the Trinamool Congress.” Sangma has been upset with the Congress excessive command over the appointment of Shillong Lok Sabha MP Vincent H Pala because the state Congress chief in September. Ever since, there have been murmurs of the person becoming a member of TMC. That the TMC would find yourself emptying the Congress’ rank and file to such a level was definitely not anticipated by anyone.Will this instantly end in TMC replicating Congress’ efficiency in Meghalaya? I believe not. At least within the close to future, TMC has an enormous process of constructing itself recognized. It might want to earn votes, and this mega coup won’t fetch them quick electoral dividends.— Sanbeer Singh Ranhotra (@SSanbeer) November 24, 2021Mukul Sangma added, “We need an effective opposition. We have raised this to the leadership in Delhi. We have made many trips to Delhi, but nothing happened… While looking for options for an opposition space, I ended up meeting my good friend Prashant Kishor ji, whom we all know, who can make a difference.” Prashant Kishor and his group have been tenting in Meghalaya for fairly a very long time now.Will the TMC now Replace Congress in Meghalaya?Will the TMC’s magnificent coup instantly end in TMC replicating Congress’ efficiency in Meghalaya? Definitely not. At least within the close to future, TMC has an enormous process of constructing itself recognized. It might want to earn votes, and this mega coup won’t fetch them quick electoral dividends. In Meghalaya, the Congress’ hand-symbol is what individuals vote for. One might conduct a mega splash in Meghalaya and terrorise the Congress in Shillong, however in rural Meghalaya, individuals proceed to vote for the hand image of the Congress, not as a result of they’re followers of the Grand Old Party, however as a result of they haven’t voted for some other image their entire lives.I do know individuals in Meghalaya who voted for ‘Kti’ (the hand) cus of the Toilets constructed below Modi Govt’s schemes. Congress wins massive in NE simply with its grand outdated image, so when Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury challenges TMC to win with their very own image, that’s what he’s speaking about.— Shubhangi Sharma (@ItsShubhangi) November 25, 2021And if the TMC thinks it may simply penetrate Meghalaya, it’s in for fairly a shock. TMC, primarily, is an outsider get together in Meghalaya. And outsider events should not favoured by the state’s tribal inhabitants. The solely events that tribals in Meghalaya belief are the Congress, or these born within the state, just like the NPP and UDP. The BJP, in the meantime, is voted for by the non-tribals within the state. So, the one vote financial institution which the TMC can goal for is that of Congress. But how does the TMC goal to carve an ’indigenous’ picture for itself in Meghalaya?Read extra: In Meghalaya, Bengalis are being subjected to racial slurs, derided as Bangladeshis however the authorities doesn’t careHere’s how. The most definitely strategy of the TMC right here can be to take advantage of the faultlines that exist between the state’s tribal and non-tribal populations. In Meghalaya, the TMC can’t hope to win the Bengali votes. The Bengali group of Meghalaya traces its origins again to Bangladesh. They are individuals who know what it means to be stateless. And what Mamata Banerjee is doing in West Bengal is well-known to Meghalaya’s Bengali group. How she protested in opposition to CAA, and the way she opposed a nationwide NRC are all topics recent in Meghalaya’s reminiscence. But once more, the TMC might look to play the CAA card in Meghalaya, to win the tribal votes right here – because the tribal inhabitants is in opposition to the implementation of CAA, regardless that the legislation has nothing to do with new, incoming refugees. Essentially, Meghalaya may very well be getting into a tense, presumably even violent part with the entry of TMC. Mamata Banerjee’s proclivity for divisive politics is hardly unknown. The individuals of the state should get collectively and make sure the TMC’s plans for Meghalaya fail magnificently.