Mukul Sangma, the parliamentary party leader of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), presented the petition filed by the Congress against ten of the twelve AITC MLAs as nothing more than an attempt to fabricate a tale with complete misrepresentation and distortion of facts in order to obstruct the smooth functioning of the members of the Assembly.
The petitioner’s argument that there were insufficient numbers to qualify for merger was defined by him as “wrong, dishonest, and misrepresentation of facts.”
“Twelve of the 17 MLAs account for more than two-thirds of the then CLP’s effective strength,” Sangma stated.
After the Congress filed a petition seeking their disqualification under the anti-defection law, the 10 AITC MLAs, led by Mukul Sangma, responded to the notice issued by Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh.
Demand for disqualification of MLA’s
Ampareen Lyngdoh, the Congress Legislature Party leader, filed a petition demanding the disqualification of 10 of the 12 Congress MLAs, with the exception of Charles Pyngrope and Shitlang Pale, shortly after the 12 Congress MLAs united with the AITC.
Mukul Sangma’s statement
The petition, according to the AITC chief, is a “mockery” and a “abuse” of the space given for any aggrieved party to seek redress in the event of wrongdoing.
“They are attempting to use some other strategies to prevail upon the rest of our colleagues, believing that they would actually be able to mislead, misguide, and snare them, but we are not so novice,” he added of the two MLAs from the 12 who were left out.
“We’re legislators, so we know how to read and interpret the legislation,” he added.