All the twelve MLAs who left the Congress today met Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh and informed him that they had merged with the Trinamool Congress.
Led by former Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, the MLAs explained their points to him and the legal validity of their decision.
The Speaker assured that he would examine the letter submitted by them yesterday.
Lyngdoh said he had received a letter from TMC, general secretary Abhishek Banerjee stating that the party welcomes the 12 MLAs. He said as per the provision of the 10th Schedule, the TMC has qualified the two-thirds majority.
“But the rest of the things need proper examination so that due course of action can be taken,” he added.
Sangma said, “The whole exercise of following the procedure as per what is required to conform with the provision provided under the relevant paragraphs of the 10th Schedule (was done).”
The twelve MLAs who met the Speaker include all eight MLAs from Garo Hills and four from Khasi-Jaiñtia Hills.
Apart from Mukul Sangma (Songsak), the other MLAs from Garo Hills are Zenith M Sangma (Rangsakona), Dikkanchi D. Shira (Mahendraganj), Miani D. Shira (Ampati), Winnerson D. Sangma (Salmanpara), Marthon D. Sangma (Mendipathar), Jimmy D. Sangma (Tikrikilla) and Lazarus Sangma (Chokpot).
From Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, those who quit the Congress include Charles Pyngrope (Nongthymmai), George B. Lyngdoh (Umroi), Himalaya Shangpliang (Mawsynram) and Shitlang Pale (Sutnga Saipung).