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'Didi' working on rejuvenating Trinamool
'Didi' working on rejuvenating Trinamool

Kolkata, July 25 (TIWN) Days after her Trinamool Congress suffered huge reverses in the Lok Sabha polls, a visibly distraught West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised to "take care of my party".

True to her words, over the past two months, Banerjee has been spending more time in organisational matters, meeting party leaders from the districts and trying to figure out strategies to checkmate a determined challenger BJP.

Perhaps the biggest step has been the decision to rope in political strategist Prashant Kishor - known for giving winning formula to a number of governments over the past five years.

Banerjee has had two rounds of meetings with Kishor so far, and political analysts feel some of the decisions like exhorting her party workers to hold demonstrations asking the BJP to return black money may have his imprint.

But even before Kishor arrived on the scene, Banerjee had raised the issue of cut money - or bribe or commission beneficiaries had to pay, mostly to Trinamool leaders, to get government services and benefits of its social welfare schemes.

Following a feedback that the people in villages and towns turned against the Trinamool in the Lok Sabha polls as they were fed up of paying local ruling party leaders a certain percentage of the amounts of government grants, scholarships, widow pensions or housing schemes, Banerjee publicly asked the Trinamool workers to return the money to the people.

It was an effort at improving her own image as well as that of the party, but it is debatable whether the move backfired as the BJP seized on the opportunity to "expose" Trinamool leaders and public representatives by surrounding their houses and offices and raising high pitch demand for return of cut-money.

Images broadcast daily on television channels of Trinamool leaders actually returning money to the people or promising to do so, may not be the best of advertisement for the party.

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