Will Rift Among Party Members Hamper the TMC’s 2024 Goal?

By Sonal Nain, 14 Feb 2022

A perceptible rivalry has emerged within the Trinamool Congress (TMC) both between party members and the TMC high command and the Prashant Kishor-led Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC). I-PAC has been a part of TMC since the West Bengal elections last year and is leading the party’s campaign in Goa this year. The TMC and IPAC also signed a memorandum of understanding, which allows the TMC to seek I-PAC’s services in any state where it wishes to expand its presence.

However, in a tweet from its official handle, I-PAC lashed out over the TMC last week. Unfollowed TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Twitter and stated that it does not own any digital properties or any of its leaders. “Anyone making such a claim is either uninformed or blatantly lying,” it continued.

Differences between I-PAC and TMC have allegedly caused schisms between Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. The TMC’s Goa election campaign is being handled entirely by Abhishek, with the West Bengal Chief Minister virtually distancing herself from the campaign.

Rasheed Kidwai, a senior Journalist, said to Mojo Story that TMC still represents a regional flavour and not everyone can be Chiranjeevi or NTR. He said that Mamata is Congress by another name. “As long as the Goa campaign is concerned, Mamata and Prashant Kishor were together. The transition from strategist to a politician is going to be difficult, Kishor had already burned his finger when he became the Vice President of Janata Dal United (JDU). I don’t think anyone is going to burn their bridges with Kishor,” he stated.

Watch the full debate below.