How Mamata Banerjee is expanding Trinamool footprint beyond West Bengal


With elections approaching in many states, including Uttar Pradesh and Goa, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is watching a steady stream of rival party leaders swell its ranks. It was a shot in the hand for TMC, which is looking to expand its presence throughout the country following its resounding victory in the Assembly elections earlier this year.

Earlier this week, the party included Congress leaders Kirti Azad and Ashok Tanwar, as well as former Democratic Party (O) MP Pavan Varma. Tanwar, who was once a close associate of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, was MP for Sears Haryana from 2009 to 2014. He left Congress ahead of the October 2019 state elections. “The TMC family is complete. I told him (Tanwar) to get started and he will visit Calcutta and Goa. He will also travel to Haryana and tour the state, ”Banerjee told reporters during her visit to Delhi.

Cricketer-turned-politician Azad lost on a Congressional ticket from Darbhanga Lok Sabha in 2019. After joining TMC, he called BjpRussian policy “controversial”. “Today the country needs a person like her (Mamata) who can point the country in the right direction,” Azad said.

Varma, who was expelled from JD (U) last year for speaking out against Chief Minister Bihar. Nitish Kumarsupported the Citizenship Change Act, vouched for the potential he saw in Mamat, and joined TMC, possibly paving the way for the party’s raid into Bihar. Previously, he was an advisor to Kumar and the national secretary general and official representative of JD (U).

In the northeast, Meghalaya has seen an outflow as former Congressional Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and 11 other MLAs officially joined TMC on Thursday. In Assam, Sushmita Dev moved from the ranks of the Congress to the fold of TMC. In October, former West Bengal Minister Rajib Banerjee and Tripura BJP MLA Ashis Das joined the Trinamool Congress in Tripura where state polls are due in 2023. At a rally in which the leaders joined the TMC, the party’s general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee, pledged that “Kill both the Left and the Right” in Tripura, where the BJP currently rules. He said that TMC will ensure victory not only in the civic polls on November 25, but also in the elections to the Assembly. This is TMC’s first attempt to take part in civic polls outside West Bengal, with 51 candidates, including 27 women, nominated by the party.

TMC has also identified Goa as one of the key states for expanding its national presence. The party is banking on former Goa chief minister Luisinho Faleiro, who joined the party in September to infiltrate Goa. According to TMC sources, along with Faleiro, nine other leaders have joined the group – Lavu Mamledar, Yatish Nike, Vijay Vasudev Poi, Mario Pinto De Santana, Anand Nike, Rabindranath Faleiro, Shivdas Sonu Nike, Rajendra Shivaji Kakodkar and Antonio Monteiro Clovis Da Costa. party.

Another TMC face on the state is tennis star Leander Paes, who joined the party in October. TMC will run for the first time in the elections in Goaeven though Congress said it would split the votes, which would boost the BJP’s chances in the state. Actor and activist Nafisa Ali also joined the Trinamool Congress on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Goa Forward Party (GFP) is shaken after its incumbent president, Kiran Kandolkar, second only to party leader Vijay Sardesai, joined TMC hours after resigning. Another 40 people arrived with Kandolkar, including sarpanchi from five villages from the constituencies of Thivim and Aldona in North Goa.

When it comes to Uttar Pradesh, Mamata said during her recent visit to Delhi that she is open to help Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, if he is looking for her Party assistance in polls of the Assembly of Uttar Pradesh… This came a month after two high-ranking leaders of the Uttar Pradesh Congress, Rajeshpati Tripathi and Laliteshpati Tripathi, joined the TMC in Siliguri in northern Bengal. “People’s faith in TMC is growing. The merger of the two leaders testifies to the fact that we are now an all-Indian party that can give real struggle to the BJP, ”Banerjee quotes. PTI

Rajeshpati Tripati is a former member of the State Legislative Council (MLC), and Laliteshpati Tripati is a former Vice President of UP Congress and a former Member of the MLA. The legacy lies with Laliteshpati, being the grandson of the former veteran Congress leader and former CM Kamlapati Tripathi.

In July, Mamata said that a united front in the fight against the BJP is a need for an hour. “We need to build a front and fight for a common cause. So please go and convince your leaders so that we can unite, leaving behind our narrow personal interests and divisions, and fight together against the BJP, because only then can we save this country, ”she said during the virtual Martyrs Day. speech to opposition leaders across the country.

TMC’s resounding victory in the April-May Assembly polls in West Bengal has resulted in the homecoming of many party deserters, as well as increased confidence that Mamat’s front is credible opposition. In their statements after joining the TMC, Azad, Varma and Tanwar named the front led by Mamata as a credible opposition to counter the BJP. “I was involved with student politics. Circumstances have developed so that the only leadership capable of leading this country is Mamata Didi, ”Tanwar said. Varma, meanwhile, said he “has no doubt that Trinamool will become a national alternative.”

Azad said he will work at TMC for the rest of his political career. “She is a mass leader who fought for the people. I played for my country. I will work with her to end the divisions that people are producing in my country, ”he added.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi this week, Mamata said she also plans to visit Varanasi, the prime minister. Narendra ModiLok Sabha and Mumbai counties to meet Nationalist Congress Party Sharad Pavar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray December 1.

(With the participation of agencies)


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