New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to expand the base for Trinamool Congress to Tripura, Assam and Goa. On September 21, India Ahead reported that political strategist Prashant Kishor has been doing the groundwork before official announcement by the party. Kishor was in Goa last week working on the last minute preparations.
On Thursday, TMC MPs Derek O’Brien and Prasun Banerjee arrived in Goa to finalise on the possible alliances. Mamata Banerjee herself is all set to visit Goa in October around Durga Puja festivities.
TMC has started reaching out to certain local Congress leaders and is aiming at breaking them away from party. Apart from this, TMC is also in touch with Independent MLAs, civil society members and prominent faces in Goa. Interestingly, leaders from Goa were also flown in to Kolkata to work on possible tie ups.
Mamata’s team is trying to capitalise on the angst on the ground against the state government’s handling of the pandemic, especially during the second wave, and the lack of trust in Congress. With, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) trying to establish itself as the next best alternative, TMC is not wasting any time in establishing themselves as that alternative.
Speaking at a rally in Bhabanipur on Wednesday, Mamata said that she will do ‘khela’ in Assam, Tripura, Goa and Uttar Pradesh.
This is part of Banerjee’s plan to go national ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Mamata Banerjee is chalking out strategy to establish herself as a national leader by having imprints in as many states before the polls, while she also attempts to build a united Opposition to challenge the Bhartiya Janata Party in 2024.
However, it looks like Banerjee is in no mood to wait for that alliance to come through, and has already gone ahead on her expansion plans to become the biggest challenger for BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2024.