Fight on all fronts, but Trinamool is missing in action
She is known for keeping the UPA guessing on her veto over major policy issues. But the maverick Mamata Banerejee - chief of Trinamool Congress - has also kept most of her party's central ministers in dark about their role in the party's poll campaign.delhi Updated: Jan 26, 2012 01:11 IST
She is known for keeping the UPA guessing on her veto over major policy issues. But the maverick Mamata Banerejee - chief of Trinamool Congress - has also kept most of her party's central ministers in dark about their role in the party's poll campaign.
The Trinamool, that has one cabinet minister and six MoS in the UPA, is fighting elections alone in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
The party's lone cabinet minister - Dinesh Trivedi - has so far received no calls from the party to campaign.
Trinamool's two seniormost ministers in the UPA, Saugata Ray - MoS for urban development - and his counterpart for rural development Shishir Adhikari are also sitting idle.
"I have not yet been told to campaign," said Adhikari.
Ray added: "Why are you asking me about our campaign? I don't know anything about it. Mukul Roy (MoS Shipping) is looking after it."
Trinamool MoS in Health Sudeep Bandopadhyay is also awaiting instructions to hit the poll track. Sultan Ahmed, MoS (Tourism), however, has been given some responsibility for UP where the party wants to contest in more than 150 seats.
Banerjee, the star attraction of Trinamool, will undertake a whirlwind tour of Manipur on Wednesday. It expects the best results for the party will come from that state. Banerjee is unlikely to go to Goa but efforts are on to bring her to UP.
While the seniors are at home, Trinamool has deployed its first-time MP Derek O'Brian for the past seven days in Inphal along with youth leader Saurav Chakraborty.