At 24, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress eyes nationwide phase

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By PTI

KOLKATA: Twenty-4 years after Mamata Banerjee created the Trinamool Congress on January 1, 1998 to unseat the Left Front from power in West Bengal, her party has actually gone beyond the geographical borders of the eastern state and also currently tries to broaden its impact throughout the nation to present a straight difficulty to the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha political elections.

With the nationwide opposition in mess, the TMC, which Banerjee drifted after giving up the Congress, is trying to get hold of that room by testing the grand old party, branding it as “war-weary” and also implicating it of stopping working to argue versus the BJP.

At the exact same time, the party is placing itself as the “real Congress” and also the only attire to oppose the saffron camp hammer and tongs, after its landslide success in this year’s setting up political elections in West Bengal regardless of the BJP’s enormous project to unseat her from power.

In a quote to task West Bengal Chief Minister as the primary opposition face versus Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the TMC gets on a rebranding overdrive, swearing in individuals from varied locations and also political histories, mooting to alter the party’s constitution, and also its name for a frying pan-India allure prior to it takes a dive right into a substantial across the country advocate the 2024 Lok Sabha political elections.

Banerjee’s clarion ask for opposition unity to get rid of the BJP from power has actually not quit her from broadening her centre-left party in different states.

In the last 6 months, her party has actually opened up systems in Goa, Haryana, Tripura and also Meghalaya.

The party, which barely had any kind of purposeful presence in Meghalaya, has actually become the primary opposition party in the northeastern state after 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs led by previous chief minister Mukul Sangma signed up with the TMC.

In neighbouring Tripura, the party intends to present an obstacle to the judgment BJP, although the saffron party brushed up the just recently held public surveys in the state.

As component of its nationwide development approach, the TMC has actually sworn in Congress leader from Bihar and also previous BJP MP Kirti Azad, previous JD(U) MP Pawan Verma, previous Congress Haryana principal Ashok Tanwar, Delhi-based RTI protestor Saket Gokhale, previous Mahila Congress principal Sushmita Dev, previous Goa chief minister Luizhino Falerio, previous Union minister Babul Supriyo amongst several others.

“The TMC wants to shed its regional party tag. None of these recently inducted leaders are mass leaders, but each has his/her own identity and strength. These inductions are part of our national expansion so that we have a pan-India appeal and a holistic view before formulating the 2024 Lok Sabha poll strategy,” an elderly party leader informed PTI.

The party has actually determined to alter its constitution and also broaden its core board to suit even more fresh conscripts from varied histories.

“The TMC is undergoing a qualitative and quantitative change under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee to emerge as the main opposition force by 2022. We will be the real Congress. There are a lot of proposals that are being discussed on how to emerge as a national party. Talks are on with prospective allies in various states who are opposed to the BJP,” Verma informed PTI.

TMC resources stated that the party intends to produce its identification without needing to bring the “baggage” of being a spin-off of Congress, as well as likewise advertise the “Bengal model of development” vis-à-vis the “Gujarat model” showcased by the BJP in advance of the 2014 Lok Sabha political elections.

“In the last 10 years, the TMC, through its stint in government, has created a niche for itself where our developmental policies have not only earned national and international recognition, but also have been followed by other states too. We want to replicate the Bengal model nationally,” the party’s West Bengal basic assistant Kunal Ghosh stated.

The party is likewise reviewing to alter its main name of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) to something which has a nationwide allure and also is much easier to get in touch with the masses, while likewise staying with its origins.

“Discussions are underway on changing the party’s name but nothing has been finalised yet,” TMC MP Sougata Roy stated.

Born out of the Congress’ womb in 1998, the TMC beat the magnificent Left Front in 2011, after 2 not successful efforts in 2001 and also 2006.

This is not the very first time that the party is trying to broaden country wide.

In 2012 also, it had actually opened up numerous systems in northeastern states, which needed to be liquified after the party leaders switched to the BJP or the grand old party.

But this moment, the TMC has survey planner Prashant Kishor and also his I-PAC by its side, with which it has actually expanded the agreement till 2026.

Kishor had actually played a crucial duty in making certain the party’s setting up surveys success this year.

Kishor has actually been arranging conferences in between Banerjee and also various other opposition leaders, and also is likewise playing an essential duty in the induction of leaders from diverse histories, party resources stated.

TMC’s current establishing of barrages versus the Congress and also Gandhi household belongs to its story to produce a different identification in nationwide politics as an opposition party to the BJP without needing to play 2nd fiddle to the grand old party, they stated.

“In national politics, one can see several regional parties that play second fiddle to Congress. The grand old party has failed, it is a spent force. We want to create our own identity,” Ghosh stated.

As component of its image-building workout, the TMC is developing state-specific projects predicting Banerjee as a leader related to “inclusivity and good governance”.

“The image building exercise has two facets. One is to craft Banerjee’s image as a self-made politician who comes from a non-political background, who is not a product of dynasty politics and showcasing her humble origins – how she gave tuitions to students and worked in milk booths. Several movies and documentaries in various languages are being planned,” a party leader stated.

“The second facet is to project the TMC’s pro-democracy credentials, which took a hit because of the 2018 panchayat election violence. We want to craft an image of a party that does not support violence and promotes free and fair elections,” he stated.

The BJP and also Congress, nonetheless, mocked TMC’s nationwide aspirations as “dwarf’s dreams to touch the sky”.

“The TMC doesn’t have any ideology. Its ideology is to poach leaders from other parties to gain ground. It has done this in West Bengal and now want to replicate this Bengal model across the country. But this kind of politics won’t yield results,” Congress leader in Lok Sabha and also state party head of state Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated.

Echoing him, BJP nationwide vice head of state Dilip Ghosh stated that the TMC’s nationwide aspirations will certainly fail in 2024.

“There is a saying that dwarf always dreams of touching the sky. This is the same for TMC and its national ambitions. We have seen it in 2014 and 2019,” he stated.

Political expert Biswanath Chakraborty nonetheless, stated that the TMC has a “huge potential” to become a nationwide opposition pressure, however initially, it needs to correct its photo, specifically concerning freedom and also corruption.

“There is a huge vacuum in the national opposition space. It may be time-taking, but the TMC has a huge potential to fill this up,” he included.