Ahead of the municipal elections next year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conducted her first strategy meeting session on Monday at her Kalighat residence with the 12 MMICs, 15 Borough chairmen, in the presence of key cabinet ministers and senior leaders.
Sources said that the in the meeting which lasted for about an hour, the CM had expressed her concern over the growing popularity of the BJP in the state and discussed ways on how to tackle it. “She said, ‘BJP is ahead in 26 wards. What were the councillors and Borough chairmen’s doing, sleeping?’” said a top TMC leader present at the meet.
It has also been decided that the party would counter BJP but would not name it in public as their main opposition, to avoid giving it any publicity. Sources said that senior TMC leaders Saugata Ray and Partha Chatterjee had been handed over the responsibility of taking out a booklet highlighting the achievements of the TMC ward-wise along with facts and figures.
Media management had been another issue discussed. “Everyone has been warned about being controlled while speaking to the media as the CM thought a huge part of the media had been bought over by the BJP,” said another senior TMC leader.
TMC ward presidents were to look into the poll related issues in areas which do not have TMC councillors.
All incomplete works have been instructed to be completed as soon as possible and everyone from the top to the bottom was to ensure that the party is not defamed in any manner with their words and actions. “Didi had also said that it is not the work of the councillors alone. Ministers, MPs, MLAs should all meet councillors regularly and keep a tab on the developmental work,” said a senior TMC leader.