In a recent political development, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has set a target of winning 40 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2024.
This announcement comes as a surprise to many political pundits as TMC has not been able to even reach double digits on its own in any state outside Bengal, let alone form a government.
It is important to note that TMC has been ruling West Bengal for over a decade now, and their recent victory in the 2021 Assembly Elections has given them a boost of confidence.
However, winning seats in other states has been a challenge for the party, and they have not been able to make much of an impact in the national political arena.
In 2021, TMC had 12 MLAs in Meghalaya, but all of them came to TMC from Congress. There were no MLAs who won on the TMC ticket. This is a clear indication of the party’s struggle to expand beyond West Bengal.
Despite these challenges, TMC’s leadership seems determined to make a mark in the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. Party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been traveling to different states and reaching out to other political leaders to strengthen the party’s base.
It remains to be seen if TMC can achieve its target of winning 40 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s success in Bengal has been largely attributed to Banerjee’s charisma and mass appeal and replicating that in other states may prove to be a daunting task.
Political experts believe that TMC’s announcement of a target of winning 40 seats is more of a political statement than a realistic goal. Nevertheless, it has added a new dimension to the upcoming elections and will keep the party’s supporters and opponents on their toes.