Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began her two-day visit to Meghalaya today to boost up the morale of the party ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections in the State.
Banerjee accompanied by her nephew and party’s National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee and other leaders were given a rousing welcome by Trinamool Congress leaders and workers at Umroi airport on her maiden visit to the poll-bound State.
Among those who received Banerjee at the airport were Trinamool Congress Meghalaya unit president Charles Pyngrope, leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma, party MLAs George B. Lyngdoh and Zenith Sangma among others.
Banerjee will hold a party workers’ convention at the Soso Tham Auditorium here tomorrow where she will present her strategies on how to strengthen the party in the State.
Besides party workers from all over the State, the convention will be attended by Trinamool Congress leaders and functionaries of all district and block committees, members of women, youth and student wings.
Meanwhile, tomorrow evening, Banerjee would be attending Pre-Christmas celebrations with children from different orphanages, headmen from Khasi and Jaintia Hills, eminent members from the civil society and prominent people of Meghalaya at the Windermere Resort at Umpling.
With the Assembly elections in Meghalaya due in February 2023, the Trinamool Congress has pumped up its energy to counter the might of the ruling NPP, UDP and BJP.
It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee visited Meghalaya last month and held a massive rally in Tura.
Trinamool Congress became the only opposition party in Meghalaya after twelve Congress MLAs led by former chief minister Dr. Mukul Sangma joined the Mamata-led party in November 2021.
However, on November 28, Trinamool Congress MLA Himalaya M. Shangpliang resigned from his membership in the Assembly as also from the party thus reducing the Trinamool Congress strength in the Assembly to eleven. Shangpliang is likely to join the BJP.