On Might 11, 2018, in an interview with a regional tv channel, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee sprung a shock by declaring that she has ready a “political will” to take the Trinamool Congress ahead sooner or later.
“There are individuals who need to alienate me from the plenty, however they won’t succeed,” she stated.
“Contemplating the risk concern on me, right this moment I’m sharing this, that I’ve already ready a ‘political will’ specifying who will do what after me. I’ve arrange a crew in my social gathering to take care of the Trinamool Congress after me to work for the event of Bengal.”
These phrases of Mamata, two years in the past, didn’t go unnoticed. And now, in accordance with political consultants, the TMC’s hunt for younger leaders within the state below the banner of ‘Banglar Jubo Shakti’ (Bengal’s Youth Energy) to create ‘Jubo Joddhas’ (Youth Warriors) is a part of Mamata’s plan to strengthen the social gathering with new faces within the coming years.
The ‘Banglar Jubo Shakti’ marketing campaign to create one lakh ‘Jubo Joddhas’ within the state was launched by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, and the social gathering says 2,02,144 youths from 399 blocks and from 494 cities had been registered until June 29, 2020.
‘Jubo Joddhas’ is the brainchild of political strategist Prashant Kishor and TMC members really feel that it will assist the social gathering to fill the political vacuum on who will take the lead sooner or later resulting from points like ageing, well being, variations of opinion among the many present social gathering leaders.
Many social gathering founders have been sidelined within the final 20 years by the Trinamool. Whereas some robust leaders like Arjun Singh, Saumitra Khan, Nisith Pramanik (all middle-aged) joined the BJP and have become MPs, some senior TMC leaders lately spoke out towards their social gathering colleagues: like Sovan Chatterjee towards Mamata, Sadhan Pandey towards mayor Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee towards Sundarbans affairs minister Manturam Pakhira over post-Cyclone Amphan administration.
Many within the social gathering revealed that it was Mamata’s want to create a robust younger crew to take the TMC’s ideology ahead throughout India sooner or later.
That is in all probability one of many explanation why, whereas saying the record of TMC candidates on March 12, 2019, for all of the 42 Lok Sabha seats, she dropped 10 sitting MPs to usher in new faces like actresses Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty. The technique labored effectively as each of them gained the polls from the Bashirhat and Jadavpur seats, respectively.
“There are few political events in India which have a devoted younger crew. You’ll discover younger devoted cadres within the BJP and within the CPI(M). You’ll not discover this within the Congress as a result of the outdated guard is just not keen to create space for younger social gathering employees. Within the TMC, the necessity to re-organise the younger drive was felt and subsequently ‘Didi’ (as Mamata is popularly identified) gave extra stress on making ready a younger TMC brigade,” stated a senior TMC MLA, on situation of anonymity.
“For future politics and carrying the TMC ideology ahead, the difficulty of making a younger drive is essential for the social gathering. This isn’t an in a single day job. If we begin engaged on this from now, then within the coming years these younger cadres will likely be able to serve the folks. We personally imagine that it is a good transfer to have one other set of younger leaders to serve the social gathering sooner or later. The ‘Jubo Joddhas’ are undoubtedly going so as to add extra energy to the TMC brigade.”
On the BJP’s allegations that Mamata will hand over the social gathering’s command to her nephew Abhishek Banerjee sooner or later because the TMC believes in ‘dynasty politics’, he stated, “This isn’t true. If you happen to keep in mind, on Might 25, 2019, two days after the Lok Sabha ballot outcomes, Didi needed to resign as chief minister, however social gathering leaders didn’t settle for that. She was upset with the outcomes. Then, our social gathering chief Suvendu Adhikari was made in-charge of the Jangalmahal area (Purulia, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur and Jhargram the place the BJP did effectively) by Didi. Earlier, Abhishek Banerjee used to take care of these areas. The TMC is the one social gathering the place devoted social gathering employees had been rewarded. It’s not a household centric social gathering just like the BJP and Congress.
Mamata’s particular give attention to children grew to become evident as soon as once more on January 27, 2020.
Whereas addressing an enormous gathering of younger Trinamool employees and supporters throughout a student-youth workshop at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, she thanked all the scholars who had joined the motion towards the central authorities’s Citizenship Modification Act.
“The scholars and the youth are the way forward for this nation; it’s they who would lead. I’m glad that the scholars have taken over the duty of the motion. They’re the longer term leaders,” she stated.
BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha termed the ‘Jubo Joddha’ transfer as garbage and stated “TMC ek ghar ka sangathan hai (TMC is a household organisation)”.
“Earlier, the youths had been attracted in direction of the TMC, however the allure is not there. Now, the youth are coming ahead to affix the BJP due to its self-discipline and dedication in direction of serving the folks. Ours is the one social gathering the place there may be an age cap to contest elections. This isn’t there within the TMC as outdated leaders won’t permit the younger ones to return ahead. All people is aware of who will take management of the TMC within the close to future and he’s Abhishek Banerjee. It’s an open secret now,” he stated.
“They’ve began to create a younger brigade however you will notice this technique of the TMC is just not going to work in Bengal. TMC ek ghar ka sangathan hai, ek rupiya kamane ka sangthan hai (TMC is a household organisation, it’s an organisation to make cash). Additionally they began giving cash to neighbourhood golf equipment to rope in children however that try failed. Not like the BJP, there isn’t a idea of a younger crew within the TMC. Are you able to present me a single chief within the TMC who has the potential to attract crowds in public rallies? The outdated leaders had been imagined to be the inspiration earlier than the kids but when the outdated leaders didn’t show themselves then how will they entice the kids?”
Writer and political skilled Kapil Thakur stated bringing in a brand new face and grooming replacements is a wholesome signal for any political social gathering to hold ahead its motion and beliefs.
“I believe the TMC has additionally realised that now it’s time to create a ‘B crew’ as ageing, dying and rift are inevitable. Provide chains of political gamers needs to be there for substitute, in any other case who will play for them sooner or later? However political events needs to be very cautious in differentiating between those that are willingly becoming a member of them by coronary heart and people who are becoming a member of them with a sure intention. There’s a big distinction between these two. I hear Prashant Kishor making an attempt the identical factor in Bihar and now he’s making use of the identical technique in Bengal. This can be a regular technique to remain within the area for lengthy years. Politics is just not like studying a e book and shifting to the subsequent one. It’s a steady course of and for that you simply want younger folks to take over,” he stated.
“I believe at current they’re making a youth entrance in order that in future a few of them, who’ve management qualities, will likely be accommodated in the primary organisation. I gained’t be stunned if we see extra younger and new faces within the TMC within the coming meeting polls in Bengal as candidates. In India practically 65-66 per cent of the inhabitants is under 35. It’s unlucky that India being one of many youngest democracies on the earth didn’t get sufficient younger parliamentarians to characterize it. Within the earlier Lok Sabha elections, solely 12-13 per cent members had been below 40. It’s time for the political events to arrange younger lawmakers in order that they will speak in regards to the children and their considerations. It is too early, however the development means that the TMC can also be going forward with the identical plan.”