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TMC to monitor 5 delegated BJP central leaders in Bengal ahead of elections

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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) closely follows the movements and activities of the five central leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who are in the state to assess the organizational strengths and weaknesses of the district units in the south and north. of Bengal before the assembly votes should take about five months.

TMC district leaders said that all movements of Sunil Deodhar, Dushyant Gautam, Vinod Tawde, Harish Dwivedi and Vinod Sonkar are being watched by party workers and comments are being sent to the leaders in Kolkata. The five leaders of the BJP have been put in charge of different organizational zones in Bengal. They began holding internal meetings as of Wednesday morning.

“This brigade of outsiders coming to Bengal to take power will be fought by the people of the state. We are sure of that. These people have no idea about the culture, history and heritage of Bengal, ”TMC Rajya Sabha whip boss Sukhendu Sekhar Roy told a news conference on Wednesday.

“We have to keep a close eye on these outsiders. We have to find out if they are here to create problems in the community, divide people, or go into the horse trade. Our workers have been asked to be vigilant, ”Roy said. “Our workers have been told to resist if any effort is made to create problems,” he added.

“These people live in a fool’s paradise. They believe that winning 18 seats in Lok Sabha (in 2019) is equivalent to winning the assembly ballot box. The voting patterns in Lok Sabha and the assembly polls are quite different, ”said Roy.

To stem the divisions in its ranks ahead of the elections, the TMC is also making efforts to pacify the rebel transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, who will address a large rally at Ramnagar in East Midnapore on Thursday where he is likely to announce his next course. of action. He has kept the party guessing by avoiding every political show, government event, and cabinet meeting in the past two months.

This led to speculation that he might join the BJP.

Two senior members of TMC Lok Sabha, Saugata Roy and Sudip Bandopadhyay, are in contact with Adhikari. Roy even met with him on Monday night. To keep a secret, Adhikari arrived at the scene in a different car and without his security personnel. Both deputies declined to comment on the issue.

On Wednesday, Adhikari addressed a rally organized by people associated with the cooperative movement. To the relief of TMC leaders, he did not make any controversial statements and did not even refer to the party.

Top TMC leaders told HT last week that Adhikari is unhappy with the prime minister’s nephew and Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor for making the recent organizational changes and wants the party to come forward. to the candidates of his choice in 65 seats of the assembly spread over various districts.

TMC leaders said the party is running various programs to reach voters physically and through social media.

TMC’s information technology cell recently started an interactive campaign where people can brand themselves “safe from BJP.” The campaign has crossed the million mark, the party has claimed. Later this month, another campaign will begin to showcase TMC government performances. It will be called Bangadhwani (the call of Bengal).

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