The Congress is not happy with the Trinamool Congress’s efforts to expand to other states after the victory in West Bengal. The party believes that these efforts of Trinamool Congress may give a blow to the efforts of opposition unity. Many big leaders of Congress have joined Trinamool Congress in the last few months. According to a senior Congress leader, the party is upset over the Trinamool Congress’s expansion in other states to include more leaders in its party. Recently, senior Assam leader Sushmita Dev and former Goa Chief Minister Lijinho Flero have joined the Trinamool Congress along with their supporters.
The Congress leader said that more than Sushmita Dev, the Congress leadership is angry with Trinamool over Lijinho Flero. Because, the party’s electoral math has worsened with Flero’s move to the Trinamool. With this, the party fears that the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party may combine to increase its difficulty. Goa has assembly elections along with Punjab, UP and Uttarakhand. Congress expected a better performance in the election. The party has also appointed former Union Minister P Chidambaram as election observer so that there is no negligence like in the year 2017. But Trinamool has spoiled the whole math.
In the 2017 assembly elections, the Congress got 30 percent of the vote with 17 seats. But in its first attempt itself, the Aam Aadmi Party was successful in getting about six and a half percent of the vote. A Goa Congress leader said that many more leaders trusted by Flero may quit the party ahead of the elections.
Sangma’s party survived the refusal in Meghalaya
A senior Congress leader said that the Trinamool is also eyeing Meghalaya. In Meghalaya too, former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma could go to Trinamool with 13 MLAs. Therefore, the party’s top leadership immediately summoned Sangma to Delhi to quell his displeasure, so as to save the party from disintegration in Meghalaya.