Mamata to chair key party meeting ahead of panchayat polls

Panchayat elections are expected to take place in West Bengal either in April or May.

New Delhi | Updated: 17 March, 2023 1:23 pm IST
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will hold a crucial meeting at his residence on Friday.

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will chair a high-level party meeting to discuss party affairs and upcoming panchayat polls at her residence in Kolkata on Friday.

Apart from the West Bengal chief minister, TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and many state ministers and MPs will participate in the meeting which will also discuss the party’s defeat in its bastion of Sagardighi in Assembly by-polls recently.

Panchayat elections are expected to take place in West Bengal either in April or May.

Many important decisions related to party affairs are expected to be taken at the meeting, according to party leaders. One of the main topics of discussion will be the party’s strategy to effectively curb corruption.

The TMC leaders will brainstorm over the party’s strategy to counter the Opposition in the state and ensure TMC workers reach common people at the grassroots.

During the meeting, Banerjee will review an investigation report prepared by a five-member committee of the party into the reasons behind its defeat in the Sagardighi by-elections.

The report will be placed before top leaders at the meeting, sources told The New Indian.

The investigation committee was led by West Bengal minister Siddikulla Chowdhury.

After returning to power in 2021, CM Banerjee has taken a strong position against corruption. She sacked her Cabinet minister and the party’s general secretary Partha Chatterjee after his involvement was found in a teachers’ recruitment scam last year.

Recently, TMC also expelled two youth leaders – Kuntal Ghosh and Shantanu Banerjee – after their arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a cash-for-job case.

Sources say the TMC supremo is likely to enforce her vision of zero tolerance towards corruption within the party and the government.

According to experts, TMC is in the process to overhaul its image as it eyes expansion and a prominent role in the politics of Delhi. The party aims to win big in the 2024 general elections to dominate the Opposition space.

TMC’s attempt to expand its organisation outside West Bengal has not yielded desired results.

Many raise questions on TMC’s hold on the vote bank of minorities in West Bengal given the population of Muslims in Sagardighi, which was won by Congress.

In the evening, CM Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek will meet former Uttar Pradesh CM and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

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