Success of ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ to be yardstick for civic polls

“The reports will be submitted to our party supremo Mamata Banerjee and also to the top leadership and after that, the list of candidates will be prepared accordingly,” a TMC leader said.
According to party sources, the results of the 107 municipal polls and the KMC, covering nearly 60 per cent of the state, will act as an indicator of a possible outcome of the 2021 assembly poll.
The municipal polls have acquired more importance due to the BJP making deep inroads in the state and emerging as the main challenger to the ruling TMC by pushing the Congress and the Left Front to distant third and fourth position respectively.
The BJP, in the 2019 Parliamentary election, bagged 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, just four less than the ruling TMC. The TMC’s tally has come down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats in this election.
Following the TMC’s Lok Sabha polls performance, which was below expectation, the party had appointed poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his team I-PAC to shore up its popularity in the state ahead of the 2021 assembly election. The ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ initiative is a brainchild of Kishor.
The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday launched the third phase of ‘Didi ke Bolo’ initiative to reach out to people and over 600 block and town presidents of the party were asked to visit more than 2,000 villages and municipal wards across the state.
In the first phase of the initiative, a helpline number and a website – were launched by TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on July 29.
Close to 500 senior TMC leaders and MLAs had conducted outreach programmes in 1,022 villages in the first phase of the initiative.

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