TMC gears up for Panchayat polls due next year
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress is gearing up for the Panchayat Election which is scheduled to be held in 2018.
The party will be holding panchayat samellans in all the 341 blocks to make people aware of the schemes that have been taken up by the Panchayat and Rural Development department. The sammelans will start after the Pujas.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has asked the party workers to build intense contact with local people and listen to their grievances. The people should be made aware of the development projects and all the front ranking leaders of the party will be present at the sammelans.
It may be mentioned that the Panchayat and Rural Development department had organised two-day panchayat meeting in January where it has been decided that the best performing panchayat will be awarded and non-performers will be pulled up.
Trinamool Congress has decided to keep five workers per booth and so around 40,000 workers will be required to man 8,000 polling stations. Training of the booth-level workers will begin after the Pujas. The party will train up over a lakh workers to man the booths.
The recent victory of the party in the seven civic body polls has given a major boost to the workers and leaders particularly those working in the rural belts. Out of a total of 148 seats, Trinamool has bagged 140 seats and BJP has bagged six seats. CPI(M) and Congress have failed to open their accounts while Forward Bloc and an Independent candidate have got one seat each.
Trinamool Congress workers have been instructed to take BJP seriously as the party leaders feel that the Panchayat lection will be an indicator for 2019 Lok Sabha poll.
It may be recalled that CPI(M)'s downfall in Bengal was first noticed in the 2008 Panchayat election. Then the party received a major jolt in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll and subsequently it lost in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election in 2010. Finally, Trinamool came to power in 2011 Assembly election.
In the past six years, major developments have taken place in rural areas. Roads have been built along with ensuring supply of drinking water and under 100 days programme under Mahatma Gandhi national Rural Employment Guarantee Act ( MGNREGA) many rural women have been economically benefitted. Trinamool through posters, placards and seminars will highlight the success of the projects.