In the crosshairs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the run-as much as the West Bengal meeting polls due in just a few months, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee on Monday began a 5-day tour of the north Bengal districts where the saffron camp received seven of the area’s eight Lok Sabha seats in 2019 and now poses a serious problem to the ruling occasion.
This is the primary time Abhishek Banerjee is visiting the area alone for therefore many days solely to look into organizational points plaguing the TMC.
Since October final yr, BJP state and nationwide leaders, together with Union residence minister Amit Shah, have been singling out Abhishek Banerjee in their speeches and social media posts, calling him “tolabaaj bhaipo” (extortionist nephew in Bengali) and accusing him of amassing wealth by means of unfair means. After becoming a member of the BJP on December 19, former minister Suvendu Adhikari intensified this assault by elevating quick slogans in opposition to Banerjee.
Mamata Banerjee, sometimes called pishi (aunt) by the BJP leaders, has virtually turn into a secondary goal if one goes by the rhetoric.
TMC leaders instructed HT that Abhishek Banerjee, who’s a Lok Sabha member and heads the occasion’s youth wing, will principally maintain inner conferences with legislators and senior leaders from the area. He will maintain two inner conferences in Siliguri on Tuesday. He is scheduled to satisfy leaders from Darjeeling, Alipurduar, South Dinajpur, Cooch Behar and Malda over the subsequent few days.
On Thursday, Banerjee will handle occasion employees at a public assembly in Gangarampur in South Dinajpur district where Mihir Goswami, the TMC legislator from the South Dinajpur seat, joined the BJP in November.
In 2019, the TMC’s tally in the Lok Sabha got here down from 34 seats to 22, giving the BJP a place to pose a problem to Banerjee for the primary time. In phrases of the 56 meeting segments in the eight Lok Sabha seats in north Bengal, the BJP was forward of the TMC in 35.
The West Bengal meeting has 294 seats and Shah has introduced that his occasion will oust the TMC authorities by profitable greater than 200.
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Mamata Banerjee, too, spent three days in north Bengal in mid-December and her rally in Cooch Behar, where the BJP claims to have made deep inroads, witnessed an enormous turnout. BJP leaders of each state and nationwide stage are additionally continuously tenting in north Bengal. The most distinguished amongst them is BJP nationwide president JP Nadda.
“Abhishek Banerjee is coming to north Bengal mainly to take stock of the situation on the ground and personally interact with leaders who are facing dissidence in the ranks,” a senior TMC chief conscious of the go to stated on situation of anonymity.
Troubled by infighting amongst district leaders in north Bengal, Abhishek Banerjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor travelled to Siliguri collectively in October to iron out variations in the ranks. The duo discreetly held conferences with leaders from 5 districts at a lodge close to the Tenzing Norgay bus terminus in Siliguri.
The spate in infighting in north Bengal has its roots in the induction of youthful faces in district committees throughout a reshuffle in July final yr. The structural adjustments have made many elderly-timers insecure, TMC leaders stated.