Remove from TMC those with links to BJP: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee called for the identification of those who are in touch with the BJP and their removal from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), even as she assured her party members that they would win the Assembly elections in 2021.

Addressing TMC leaders from Bankura and Jhargram districts in a closed-door meeting at the party’s head office in Kolkata, Banerjee urged them to go back to the people to re-establish contacts with the common man.

“The chief minister told us that we would win the elections to the state legislature scheduled in 2021. However, she emphasised that we pinpoint those in the party who are keeping in touch with leaders in the BJP,” said a ruling party leader.

Banerjee also told her party leaders not to get involved in any clash with the supporters of any party, said another ruling party leader of Bankura district. She also pulled up a few leaders for losing contact with the people. A ruling party leader also said that the chief minister urged them to reduce dependence on the administration and strengthen the party organisaiton.

Since the TMC got a jolt in the Lok Sabha elections in which the BJP won 18 seats, a 900 per cent rise from its tally of two seats in 2014, Mamata Banerjee said that she would devote more time to party affairs and less as an administrator.

Significantly, seven ruling party MLAs, more than 60 councillors and more than a dozen zilla parishad members have switched over from the TMC to the BJP since the Lok Sabha election results.

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