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TMC’s plan for Lok Sabha polls to bleed Congress dry

Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 06, 2013
First Published: 12:20 IST(6/9/2013) | Last Updated: 12:23 IST(6/9/2013)

Preparing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Mamata Banerjee plans to implement the ‘Bengal model’ and bleed the Congress dry in a number of states, especially northeast.

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At a time when price hike and a series of scams are taking its toll on the Congress-led UPA 2, Trinamool Congress believes that Mamata is the next choice for the people.

The party is wooing a section of Congress leaders in Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

In the recent panchayat polls, the Trinamool had made inroads in Congress bastions of North Bengal, apart from sweeping the South. Now it wants to repeat the feat during the Lok Sabha polls.

“Congress and its policies are wrecking the nation. The party has lost its popularity in many states,” said Sultan Ahmed, Lok Sabha MP and party core committee member.

“Mamata Banerjee is in the forefront in protests against the anti-people policies. Therefore, it is natural that she will be the choice of the people. Even a section of Congress leadership in different states wants to join us,” he added.

In Manipur Trinamool has decided to contest in two seats where a large section of Congress leaders and workers have joined the party.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the Trinamool is planning to take on the Congress.

In Tripura, a large section of Congress leaders has already decided to leave and are planning to meet Mamata.

Around 50,000 workers are planning to leave Congress and join Trinamool in the state.

The party is already planning a blueprint for the Lok Sabha polls in different states.

There is a sustained plan to highlight Mamata as pro-poor and pro-farmer.

The campaign will also highlight how Congress led policies are hurting the common man and farmers.

It will also highlight all the scams that surfaced during UPA regime.


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