TMC is trying to replace the opposition at the national level. Because of Mamata Banerjee's political ambitions.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's national ambitions are sharp and daring. Although Mamata Banerjee led the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the third time in a row in the Assembly elections earlier this year, no coherent strategy seems clear.
Mamata Didi was brutally targeted by the BJP during the elections. However, Mamata defeated the BJP. Mamata Didi was struggling to develop the right politics for the Bengal invasion, but it seems that the score has not stabilized.
In January 2019, Mamata Didi convened a public meeting of 23 opposition leaders at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, where she vowed to defeat the BJP. Her victory over the BJP was decisive, but the BJP is waiting to remove her after winning about 70 of the three Assembly seats in 2016. The Trinamool leader claims that while he is trying to take the fight to the enemy, Mamata Banerjee is currently focusing on Tripura and Goa, where the BJP is in power. The BJP is upset as Tripura has a large Bengali population. In both Tripura and Goa states and beyond, TMC is recruiting dissident leaders and free-floaters from other parties.
The TMC party runs on Mamata Banerjee's charisma rather than ideology. TMC has changed both ways. The Bengal government does not shy away from celebrating the birth anniversary of Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee as the proud son of Bengal. While her political edge is currently anti-BJP for strategic considerations, the opposition, especially the Congress, is paying the price for TMC's expansion. Between 2011 and 2021, the entire range and file of the Congress turned to the TMC in West Bengal and now the story is being repeated in other states. Out of 17 Congress MLAs from Meghalaya, 12 joined TMC.
Sushmita Deo and Luizinho Falero, Congress came to TMC, the two leaders in Tripura and Goa respectively are prominent in TMC. The appointment of Ashok Tanwar, a former Congress MP from Haryana and a Dalit, could be beneficial for the Hindi states. The BSP is on the verge of extinction. And Mamata Banerjee wants to fill that void. Mamata Banerjee is outspoken on the question of federalism and the Centre's unilateralism. Is Trinamool Congress capable of conducting anti-BJP politics at national level? This is an open question. At present, the TMC's challenge will be less to the BJP and more to the Congress.