TMC to contest all 42 LS seats in state: Yuva chief

All India Trinamool Congress Yuva president Abhishek Banerjee party would fight the 2014 Lok Sabha elections alone.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 21, 2013 1:03:24 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and All India Trinamool Congress Yuva president Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday said the ruling party would fight the 2014 Lok Sabha elections alone.

“People’s verdict is out. There is no alternative to Trinamool Congress (in Bengal) In the last (LS) election,we contested on 26 seats and won 19. This time,we will contest all 42 constituencies and win each one of them. This is the oath we take today,” he said at a meet organised by TMC Yuva in south Kolkata.

The announcement assumes importance as it comes from Abhishek,who has been groomed by Mamata,and who has adopted the mannerisms of his aunt.

During the meet,his choice of words were similar to that of the CM — the flood in five state districts was referred to as “man-made” and the CPM was held responsible for the mushrooming chit fund companies.

“Those who are accusing the TMC of being hand in glove with the chit fund companies must realise that these companies were formed during the CPM regime. No Chief Minister in the country has ever set aside a fund to pay off families that have lost money to these companies,” he said while unveiling the new logo of TMC Yuva,designed by Mamata.

Even other TMC leaders – Idris Ali and Sovandeb Chatterjee among them — who spoke at the event hinted at Abhishek being the next party chief who would take the party forward.

Urging the party workers to be patient,honest and not to walk into the “traps of CPM and Congress”,Abhishek said the TMC would win even if all the other parties came together to fight against it.

Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee,who did not attend the meet at Khanakul in Hooghly on Saturday “because of some work related to the floods there”,was present today.


discussing the need for maintaining discipline within the party,said: “TMC leaders cannot put up flex with their pictures along with that of the CM. This is against party principles. There can only be the CM’s picture and of no one else.”

The minister believes “the Centre is envious of Bengal because it pulled off the fair price medicine shop successfully” and said such achievements should be taken to every household by “youths with pleasing personality and good communication skill” whom the party must pick from the Yuva brigade in every district.

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