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Mamata Banerjee to campaign for Priyanka Gandhi in Wayanad: Report

Jun 22, 2024 10:51 AM IST

Priyanka Gandhi is making her foray into electoral politics from the Kerala seat her brother, Rahul Gandhi, won earlier this month.

The relations between the Congress party and the Trinamool Congress are improving post the general elections, with the INDIA bloc allies deciding to work closely after a bruising election campaign.

West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. (PTI file photo)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. (PTI file photo)

In the latest sign of a thaw, TMC founder and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will campaign for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Wayanad, according to a News18 report.

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Priyanka Gandhi is making her foray into electoral politics from the Kerala seat her brother, Rahul Gandhi, won earlier this month. Rahul Gandhi won the Lok Sabha polls from Rae Bareli and Wayanad -- both by margins of over three lakh votes. He has retained the Uttar Pradesh constituency.

Mamata Banerjee and the Congress didn't contest the West Bengal Lok Sabha polls in alliance as they fell out due to disagreement over seat distribution. However, the two parties remain allies on the national level under the INDIA bloc's umbrella.

In December, Banerjee had suggested that Priyanka Gandhi must contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

The relations between the TMC and the Congress soured after the latter's Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury made public statements targeting Mamata Banerjee.

The TMC later blamed Chowdhury for its decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls alone in West Bengal.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury lost the Baharampur Lok Sabha constituency to TMC's Yusuf Pathan. He had won the seat five times in a row.

The Trinamool Congress won 29 out of West Bengal's 42 constituencies. It had won 22 seats in the 2019 general elections.

The INDIA bloc lost the Lok Sabha elections but managed to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party from crossing the majority mark.

The BJP won 240 Lok Sabha seats – 32 short of the majority mark. The party formed a government in alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal (United) and Eknath Shinde's Shiv Sena.

BJP leader Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India for the third term in a row. However, for the first time in his career, he is running a coalition government.

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