The opposition All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) on Thursday accused the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) of poaching leaders of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition partners ahead of the 2023 Assembly polls.
“Whatever the joining that is happening now is because of the poaching of the NPP on their own regional partners in their MDA coalition government,” AITC leader and Opposition Chief Whip George B Lyngdoh said.
He said that it is for the regional parties to understand and read the signs that they may become extinct because of the poaching by the NPP.
“It is because of their support that the NPP is spreading its wings and trying to poach the leaders of their coalition partners,” he said.
When asked, Lyngdoh said it is up to the regional parties to understand whether they should still continue to support the NPP and see their leaders joining its fold.
The AITC leader further warned that the state will be dominated by businessmen under the NPP leadership.
“Now all the business families have come together (under the NPP) so now policy in the state will be dominated by businessmen,” he said.
On the other hand, Lyngdoh said that he does not see any NPP wave but he can only see people joining the party. He however said there are also people leaving the NPP.
“Just yesterday the former deputy CM Rowel Lyngdoh has just left the party and resigned as president of the party. There are other areas where we have seen people leaving the NPP so I don’t see any waves as such,” he added.
On the NPP’s allegation that there is tension and crack in the AITC, Lyngdoh said that the NPP should look into its own house because people are leaving the party.
“Rather than talking about the trinamool, they should talk about their own problems first,” he added.