Around 600 block and town presidents of Trinamool Congress will be visiting more than 2,000 villages and wards across West Bengal as part of their campaign 'Didi Ke Bolo'. "October 15 onwards, 600 block presidents and town presidents of AITC will interact with the locals and inform the citizens about the 'Didi Ke Bolo' platform; how they can use and benefit from it," read an official release by Trinamool Congress. The leaders will try to address the issues of the people after listening to their suggestions.
"In case there are any issues that cannot be resolved, the leader will be responsible for bringing it to the notice of Mamata Banerjee and her office," the press release added. As part of the initiative, the leaders will undertake various activities such as meeting with local party cadre, key influencers in villages with party workers and door to door visits. 'Didi Ke Bolo' is an initiative by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, to provide a platform to every citizen of West Bengal to directly connect with her by calling a number or logging on to www.didikebolo.com website.
The Trinamool Congress leadership has also decided to conduct a survey to assess its support base and penetration of the BJP in 107 municipalities of the State and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) that will go to polls in 2020. The elections to civic bodies are being tipped as "mini assembly elections" ahead of the crucial 2021 assembly poll in West Bengal. According to reports, the TMC sources said that the survey would be conducted by the party with the active help of poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) team.
Following the TMC's dismal performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the party had appointed the I-PAC to shore up its popularity in the state ahead of the 2021 assembly election. "The survey would look into various aspects, including our support base among people, local issues, the image of the councillors, grievances of the locals and penetration of the BJP in those areas. If everything goes well, the survey is likely to start from November and by February 2020, we will have the report," a senior TMC leader said.
(With ANI inputs)