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Trinamool’s Mega Rally in Kolkata Signals Start of Lok Sabha Poll Drive

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At a large event on Sunday at Kolkata’s renowned Brigade Parade Grounds, the Trinamool Congress will kick off its Lok Sabha election campaign. Mamata Banerjee, the party’s leader, is anticipated to set the tone for the forthcoming elections.

The massive event, dubbed “Jana Garjan Sabha,” will have three platforms, including a cross ramp. The primary speakers will be TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Mamata Banerjee.

The main focus of the gathering is the controversial subject that has dominated state politics for the last two years: the central government’s alleged withholding of the state’s financial obligations.

Lakhs of supporters and numerous block-level leaders were seen in the morning flocking from different districts to hear their leader, affectionately called ‘Didi’.

“We are organising a rally at Brigade Parade Grounds after a long time. It is going to be a historic event. Our party supremo Mamata Banerjee will give a message which we will take to every nook and corner of West Bengal and ensure the defeat of the BJP in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state,” TMC leader Firhad Hakim said.

The TMC’s mega rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds, a historic site initially established as a parade ground during the British colonial era, holds significance as this is the party’s first large-scale gathering at Maidan since the January 2019 opposition meeting, where leaders from 19 opposition parties joined forces in a display of solidarity.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, despite having a strong grassroots organization, the TMC’s total fell from 34 to 22 seats, while the BJP achieved an outstanding result by winning 18 seats in the state.

Significant defections from other political parties, especially the BJP, which has seen eight MLAs and two MPs switch to the state’s ruling party since the 2021 assembly elections, are a possibility, according to TMC sources.

The Trinamool Congress has chosen to use ramps instead of traditional rally arrangements in order to encourage closer connection between leaders and supporters during speeches. The three major stages, which are joined by ramps, are designed to improve grassroots outreach and interaction.

Meanwhile, the BJP has derided the TMC’s programme, branding it as the party’s “farewell rally”.

Senior BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari disparaged TMC’s leaders as “goons and corrupt,” predicting their “impending downfall”.

In a countermove, the BJP plans to hold a rally in Sandeshkhali, where allegations of sexual abuse against TMC leaders have surfaced.

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