As many as nine legislators originally from the opposition party are likely to join the ruling parties in Meghalaya ahead of the 2023 assembly polls in the north-eastern state, sources said.
Four MLAs are showing interest to join UDP (United Democratic Party), and five others are eyeing NPP (National People’s Party) tickets.
According to the reports, out of five suspended Congress legislators, two are headed towards the UDP, and three are likely to join the NPP.
The opposition TMC (Trinamool Congress) may have to lose four of its legislators as two from the Garo Hills are likely to move to the NPP, while two from the Khasi Jaintia Hills may seek UDP tickets.
According to the sources, former CLP (Congress Legislative Party) leader Ampareen Lyngdoh, along with MLAs Mohendro Rapsang (West Shillong), and Kimfa S Marbaniang (Rambrai-Jyrngam) are likely to join the NPP. Suspended Congress legislators Mayralborn Syiem (Nongpoh) and PT Sawkmie (Mawlai) will join the UDP.
Amongst the TMC leaders, two legislators from the Khasi Jaintia Hills, Himalaya Shangpliang and Shitlang Pale, are likely to join UDP, while from the Garo Hills, Jimmy D Sangma and Marthon Sangma may join NPP.