Trinamool Congress (TMC), which came into existence some two decades ago, is trying to take on a century-old party. However, it has ended up making a joke out of itself. And the party has no one to blame for it but itself. Mamata Banerjee-led TMC has failed horribly in Goa even before it could establish in the state.
TMC leaders quit the party right before elections
On Friday, five primary members of the TMC (including former Goa MLA Lavoo Mamledar) who were inducted in the party this year, quit the party few months ahead of the 2022 Goa assembly polls. Besides Mamledar, the leaders who quit the party were Kishor Parwar, Komal Parwar, and Sujay Mallik.
The leaders taking exit from the party have claimed that “We had thought that the AITC is a secular party but with deep regret, we would like to bring to your notice that AITC has tried to divide Goans on the basis of religion by aligning with Sudin Dhavalikar.”
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In their resignation letter to All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) Supremo Mamata Banerjee, “AITC move to polarise Hindu votes towards MGP and Catholic votes towards AITC is purely communal in nature. We do not want to continue with a party that is trying to divide Goans. We will not allow AITC and the company managing AITC Goa to break the secular fabric of the state and we shall protect it.”
TMC is communal, says Mamledar
While interacting with the media, Mamledar told, “I was under the impression that TMC was not a communal party. But on December 5, alliance was declared between Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Trinamool Congress, I figured out that even TMC is communal.”
Lavoo Mamledar is a former Ponda MLA. He was one of the first local leaders in Goa who had joined TMC this year. In addition to that, he also accused TMC of making false promises during the campaigning drive for Goa assembly polls.
“TMC launched ‘Laxmi Bhandar’ scheme, promising Rs 500 per month to West Bengal women. But in Goa, they promised Rs 5000 per month, which is next to impossible. When a party feels defeated, they make false promises. I won’t be a part of a party who fools people,” he added.
Political chaos in Goa
With the next Goa assembly elections nearing, political parties are working round the clock to ensure victory in the state. While AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) is promising a Delhi-like model to campaign aggressively in Goa, TMC too has offered out Bengal-like schemes in Goa. While few popular names like Leander Paes, ex-Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro have joined TMC, Congress is making alliance with Goa Forward Party (GFP), NCP, and MGB.
Interestingly, in 2019, 10 of 15 Congress MLAs jumped ships to join hands with BJP, which led to an increment in the saffron party’s strength to 27 in the 40-seat house. On the contrary, Congress, the single-largest party in 2017 Assembly polls was left with only five legislators. In a recent development, ex-Goa CM Ravi Naik also resigned reducing the Congress’ strength to three. Later, Naik joined hands with BJP. Prior to Naik, Ex-CM Luizinho Faleiro had joined Mamata -led Trinamool Congress.
Now, TMC is left empty handed and that too, few months ahead of Goa assembly elections. The party now needs to acknowledge that though it had gained victory in West Bengal, it is hard to compete in other states. And, the recent developments in Goa point towards a gigantic failure of TMC in the upcoming elections.