Mamata Banerjee's picture with #BengaliPrimeMinister trends on Twitter, TMC leaders show party supremo as Prime Ministerial candidate of 2024 election

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Tuesday, June 01, 2021, 11:00 PM IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | PTI

Kolkata: After the landslide victory of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee had time-and-again claimed that due to the poll debacle the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to malign the TMC, firstly by pressing central agency into action against the TMC leaders and then harassing her top bureaucrat.

On Tuesday, a day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged all the opposition parties to rise against the BJP for insulting bureaucrats, #BengaliPrimeMinister with photo of the TMC Supremo trended on Twitter making it clear that Mamata might be the main opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2024 parliamentary election.

Cricketer-turned-politician Manoj Tiwary took to Twitter and wrote, “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. Their Sunar model failed badly. Under them India is suffering. But @MamataOfficial Didi will lead us the way she's leading Bengal by implementing the Model of Development. Thus in the upcoming days we need, #BengaliPrimeMinister.”

Notably, not just TMC leaders and ministers, all the opposition parties namely Congress, Samajwadi party, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena have also tweeted in favor of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.

With 213 seats the Trinamool Congress’ narrative that the saffron camp is outsider in Bengal, the TMC cadres and leaders now trying to portray their supremo as a national leader. Incidentally, no sooner did the TMC mark its victory for the third time, than the TMC leaders started showing Mamata Banerjee as the Prime Ministerial candidate of 2024 election.

It can be recalled that ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election, Mamata Banerjee gave a clarion call to all the opposition parties to unite against the BJP and in Kolkata all the opposition parties held a ‘Mahagatbandhan’ or United India rally but the wave in favor of Narendra Modi made the BJP mark their victory for the second time with over 300 seats.

According to TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh, the TMC supremo has toiled hard to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal and her ‘street politics’ will enable the TMC to be the alternative of BJP.

West Bengal BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu claims that the TMC is not known to people outside West Bengal.

“After Alipurduar people of Assam don't know what TMC is. After Barakar in Jharkhand nobody will support TMC. Gaining 44 Lok Sabha seats doesn’t give TMC the opportunity to rule the country and to become PM they need to win 275 seats. They are day-dreaming,” claimed Sayantan.

Several political analysts are also of the same mind that even Bengali’s outside West Bengal will not vote for Mamata Banerjee and also that TMC’s narrative for BJP is ‘outsider’ won’t work outside Bengal.

“The Left Front won’t support the TMC and the Congress will also put their feet down later as Rahul Gandhi is their PM's face. Traditionally several parties are rivals of each other and it won’t be easy for Mamata Banerjee to stop the infighting to mark the victory,” claimed the analysts.

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