Will Mamata Banerjee reach what Arvind Kejriwal didn’t do? | India Information – Instances of India

 Will Mamata Banerjee succeed in what Arvind Kejriwal failed to do? | India News - Times of India

2021-12-03 10:29:19

NEW DELHI: After her Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) spectacular victory within the West Bengal meeting election early this yr, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has got down to obtain bigger objectives on the nationwide stage. It’s a lot the identical approach as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had began nursing nationwide ambitions after his get together’s first stint in energy in 2013.
TMC has made its intention clear. Buoyed by the end result in West Bengal, it needs to turn into the choice to the nation’s principal opposition get together, the Congress, and turn into the primary fulcrum of the opposition.
TMC has began giving the chilly shoulder to the Congress get together inside Parliament through the ongoing winter session and outdoors it.
Mamata visited Delhi final week between November 22 and November 25, just a few days forward of the winter session of Parliament which commenced on November 29. She referred to as on Prime Minister Narendra Modi however she didn’t meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.
It was in contrast to her go to in July amidst the monsoon session of Parliament when she met Sonia Gandhi, giving a semblance of bonhomie between TMC and Congress.
It was simply a few months after TMC had registered a landslide victory on Could 2 within the West Bengal meeting election through which the Congress subdued its marketing campaign, making it simple for TMC to trounce the BJP.
Nonetheless, Mamata quickly charted a unique course after the monsoon session of Parliament got here to an finish. TMC began spreading its wings outdoors West Bengal and began poaching on Congress leaders.
The chief of the Congress’s girls’s wing, Sushmita Dev, was the primary distinguished face to leap ship. TMC despatched Sushmita Dev to the Rajya Sabha.
Tripura was the primary state the place TMC began organising its base outdoors West Bengal. Sushmita Dev was given cost of the state. The get together engaged the companies of election strategist Prashant Kishor’s Indian Political Motion Committee (I-PAC) in Tripura additionally.
Mamata had already taken Kishor’s recommendation in West Bengal in the previous few months earlier than the meeting election and got here out with flying colors.
In addition to Tripura, TMC has set its eyes upon different northeastern states corresponding to Assam and Meghalaya.
Final week, 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs led by former CM Mukul Sangma converted to TMC, making it the primary opposition get together within the state.
TMC has introduced that it will additionally severely concentrate on forthcoming meeting elections in Goa and Uttar Pradesh.
With regard to its mission in Goa, TMC inducted Congress chief and former CM Luizinho Faleiro into the get together in September and nominated him to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal in November.
With the slogan ‘Goenchi Navi Sakal’ (Goa’s New Daybreak), TMC has activated its leaders corresponding to Derek O’Brien, Babul Supriyo and Sougata Roy within the coastal state.
Mamata paid her maiden three-day go to to Goa within the final week of October. In a bid to ring a bell with the native individuals, she mentioned in a speech that Bengal is her motherland and so is Goa.
Of late, the West Bengal CM and TMC supremo has been hitting exhausting on the Congress and has additionally made a harmful private assault on Rahul Gandhi.
Throughout her three-day go to to Maharashtra beginning on November 30, Mamata met leaders of two of the three Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) ruling events – NCP and Shiv Sena – however ignored the Congress. On November 30, she met Maharashtra chief minister Udhav Thackeray’s son Aditya Thackeray and get together spokesperson Sanjay Raut.
After assembly NCP supremo Sharad Pawar at his residence on December 1, she spoke with mediapersons and mocked Congress-led UPA. She mentioned: “What’s UPA? There isn’t any UPA now,” and added, “we wish a powerful various.”
In an interplay with civil society in Mumbai the identical day, Mamata took a pot-shot at Rahul Gandhi and labelled him a reluctant politician who was overseas half the time. With out naming the Congress chief, she mentioned, “If one does nothing and is overseas half the time, then how will one do politics? For politics there must be steady endeavour.”
Mamata could also be presenting TMC as the choice to the Congress however her get together is but to show its mettle outdoors West Bengal. Within the recently-held municipal elections in Tripura, TMC might win simply one of many 334 seats regardless of the hype and groundwork of some months. The ruling BJP received a whopping 329 seats.
TMC could also be brimming with confidence after a victory in West Bengal however it has but to show itself outdoors the state. Goa is TMC’s first vacation spot earlier than it challenges the Narendra Modi-led BJP juggernaut within the 2024 Lok Sabha election simply as Punjab was the primary halt for Arvind Kejriwal in 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Arvind Kejriwal’s sojourn outdoors Delhi
Simply as Mamata, Arvind Kejriwal had turn into the opposition’s poster boy after his AAP authorities got here to energy in 2013 Delhi meeting election after being based on November 26, 2012. It received 28 of the 70 seats, coming second to the BJP which bagged 31 seats. Nonetheless, it fashioned the 49-day authorities with outdoors assist of the Congress which was victorious on eight seats.
Elated over AAP’s efficiency in Delhi, Kejriwal – who had resigned from CM’s put up and Delhi was below a spell of President’s Rule – sought to problem Narendra Modi and the BJP within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
AAP contested 434 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats with Kejriwal himself contesting towards Narendra Modi, who was the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in Varanasi.
AAP’s efficiency was a close to catastrophe, profitable simply 4 Lok Sabha seats – all in Punjab.
Kejriwal himself suffered a humiliating defeat to Modi in Varanasi.
Subsequently, he targeted on the 2015 Delhi meeting elections and AAP created a document by profitable 67 of the 70 seats whereas the BJP bagged the remaining three.
Kejriwal was the centre of attraction within the swearing-in ceremony at Patna of Nitish Kumar as Bihar CM after the grand alliance of JD(U), Lalu Prasad-led RJD and the Congress defeated the BJP in November 2015.
The Delhi CM discovered himself in an argument after he hugged Lalu on the dais.
Nonetheless, Kejriwal made a promise to the voters after returning to energy in Delhi – that he wouldn’t be over bold and that he would keep put in Delhi.
Nonetheless, the Delhi chief minister didn’t preserve his promise. In a bid to broaden its base, AAP contested the Punjab and Goa meeting elections in 2017. It didn’t carry out because it had anticipated to.
It fared miserably in Goa the place it didn’t open its account.
Of the 117 meeting seats in Punjab, whereas Congress, led by former CM Amarinder Singh, emerged victorious by bagging 77 seats, AAP received simply 20 and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP mix garnered merely 18 (SAD – 15 and BJP – 3).
Although AAP got here a distant second, it drew solace from being the second largest get together and turning into the primary opposition get together.
As an alternative of accepting the individuals’s mandate in each the states, Kejriwal blamed EVMs and the Election Fee by alleging that the constitutional physique was appearing on the behest of the Modi authorities.
Kejriwal misplaced lustre after the drubbing AAP obtained in Goa and Punjab. It suffered additional embarrassment by shedding the 2017 Municipal Company of Delhi (MCD) elections to the BJP.
The 2019 Lok Sabha elections too didn’t convey cheer to Kejriwal. AAP received only one seat – that of Bhagwant Mann in Punjab – out of the 40 it had contested all through the nation. Although Kejriwal was in energy in Delhi and had registered a historic victory within the 2015 state polls, it misplaced all of the seven Lok Sabha seats within the nationwide capital.
After struggling a number of defeats, AAP once more focused on Delhi and received the 2020 polls. It received 62 seats – 5 lower than it had received in 2015 – and the BJP remaining seven and registered a formidable win for the second consecutive time.
Although Arvind Kejriwal’s dream run has hardly met success to date, it stays to be seen whether or not Mamata Banerjee is profitable in her mission to go nationwide.


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