Around 1,000 Trinamool Congress leaders will be heading towards Bengal villages over the next 100 days as part of the party's first major programme ahead of the assembly elections in 2021. The idea is to strengthen the party's connect at the grassroots level, once its stronghold.
Announcing the initiative in Kolkata, the party chief, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, said the party would decide who would visit where. The announcement was made after her meeting with MLAs and other senior leaders.
The party leaders would visit the villages and lend their ears to booth workers, influential people, anyone who wishes to voice their grievances or raise concerns. There are other means of reaching out as well. A party helpline number and a website http://www.didikebolo.com have also been launched for people to reach out to Ms. Banerjee directly.
Ms. Banerjee, however, said that this was not part of her campaign for the assembly elections. 'We are not starting our campaign now. A lot of time is left and there is work to be done. We wanted to provide a platform to the people so that they can share their concerns.'
As Chief Minister, Ms. Banerjee has been reaching out to people. So far, she has held 450 administrative review meetings in the districts. But this is a party initiative.
The initiative is also the first such announced by the Trinamool Congress after roping in poll strategist Mr. Prashant Kishor. Mr. Kishore has just had a major success in Andhra Pradesh with Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy routing out Mr. Chandrababu Naidu.