Congress becomes pawn in TMC's pan-India plans
The Morning Standard|November 26, 2021
Political observers point out that by upstaging the grand old party in Meghalaya, Mamata and her team are indirectly helping BJP’s cause
PRASANTA MAZUMDAR

WITH 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs in Meghalaya joining the Trinamool Congress (TMC) overnight, the grand old party appears to have become the biggest victim of the Mamata Banerjee-led party’s ambition of becoming a pan-India rival to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

After its hard-fought victory in West Bengal early this year, the TMC is on an acquisition spree to draw disgruntled leaders from other parties, mostly Congress. By doing so, it is virtually hijacking the political space hitherto occupied by the grand old party.

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