Kolkata, July 20: Aiming to play a major role at national level, Trinamool Congress (TMC) president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to launch her party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 at a major Shaheed Diwas rally which has been organised to commemorate TMCs annual Martyr’s Day near Victoria House at Esplanade on Saturday.
The TMC observes the Martyrs’ Day every year on July 21 in its bid to pay homage to 13 Youth Congress workers, allegedly killed in police firing in 1993 during the Left Front regime in West Bengal. Banerjee was a leader of the Youth Congress at that time.
TMC key aim is to bag the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. The ruling Trinamool Congress confidence was boosted after the party bagged more than 85% of the rural seats in the panchayat polls held in May. The resounding victory have not only reaffirmed the TMC’s hold over rural Bengal, which accounts for 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state, ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha poll, but also indicated a paradigm shift in state politics .The TMC bagged nearly 67 per cent of the total contested seats in gram panchayat, 87 per cent in zilla parishad and 80 per cent in panchayat samitis.
The chief minister has been striving for a national role since 2016, is likely to announce her party’s strategy to fight the 2019 polls and to take on Bharatiya Janata Party.
Over 10 lakh people are likely to participate in the rally and around 6,000 police personnel have been deployed in the region.Today, we will get the directive from our supremo for the Lok Sabha polls next year. We will also give a befitting reply to allegations made by BJP leaders during Narendra Modi’s (Midnapore) rally,” a senior TMC leader said. The rally also comes a day after the no-confidence motion against the Modi government was decisively defeated. Banerjee had earlier said her party was supporting the motion against the BJP government at the Centre in the greater interest of the Opposition unity, and the TMC had issued a whip to its Lok Sabha MPs, asking them to be present in the House yesterday.
TMC workers and people from across the state will be attending the rally. It is also likely to see the joining of Congress MLAs and senior leaders from other parties.
“We will take the pledge at the July 21 rally to oust the BJP in 2019. The country will definitely get the opportunity to see Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s developmental work nationwide after 2019,” TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee had recently said.