SHILLONG, Apr 29: In its bid to strengthen its footing in the North Eastern states of the country, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) is all geared to step into the Scotland of the East and take on the upcoming assembly polls by storm.
Sources have revealed that Trinamool Congress, led by West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee (popularily known as Didi) is keeping her targets in the lone Congress dominated state.
Sources also said that name of former Home Minister, RG Lyngdoh who is also under suspension from Indian National Congress, has been proposed for the partyâ€™s president ship in the state.
Interestingly, even the sitting MLAs from various political parties are in the loop to contest from TMC party ticket in the upcoming Meghalaya Legislative Assembly elections 2013.
â€œMany meetings in the past months have been conducted and the final meeting will be convened on the first week of May later,â€ sources said.
Divulging details on the meetings, sources informed that three successful meetings have been held so far in the state, the last meeting being with the incumbent Railway Minister of India and Leader of the Trinamool Congress in the upper house of the Parliament, Mukul Roy.
The â€˜fourthâ€™ meeting is told to be with party chief Banerjee herself in Kolkata and the sole agenda of the meeting will be to fixing â€œconducive dateâ€ for Didi to come to Meghalaya and start its political campaign for the Meghalaya Legislative Elections 2013 by organizing a huge rally in state.
It may be recalled that in the recent election in Manipur, Trinamool won 7 out of 60 Assembly seats and also got the recognition as the main Opposition party. It secured as much as 18 per cent of the total votes polled.
However, TMC made its maiden entry into North East region through Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.
The party created history in the West Bengal state assembly election 2011, winning a majority of 184 seats (out of 294) and Mamata Banerjee becoming the Chief Minister. The 34 year old Marxist rule was ended in a catastrophic defeat, with the CPI-M garnering just 40 seats.
In the 1998 Lok Sabha polls, TMC won 7 seats. In the following Lok Sabha election that was held in 1999, Trinamool Congress won 8 seats with BJP, thus increasing its tally by one. In 2000, TMC won the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Elections. In the 2001 Vidhan Sabha elections, TMC won 60 seats with Congress(I). In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, TMC won 1 seat with Congress(I) . In the 2006 Vidhan Sabha elections, TMC won 30 seats with Congress(I). In the West Bengal state assembly election, 2011, won a majority of 184 seats (out of 294). Mamata Banerjee became the Chief Minister. TMC also has 5 MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, 7 MLAs in the Manipur Assembly and 1 MLA and 1 MP in Assam.
A party gets â€œStateâ€ recognition, if it secures at least one seat for every 25 Lok Sabha seat from that State or one Assembly seat for every 30 seats of the Assembly or six per cent of the total votes polled in the general election to the Lok Sabha/Assembly in that State.