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Mamata Banerjee

The Congress and TMC joining forces is a huge boost for opposition unity ahead of the 2024 elections, but whether it will convert into electoral triumph is a matter only time will tell.

The general elections in 2024 maybe three years away, but the new friendship between the Congress and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has gotten the ball rolling for a unified Opposition to stop the BJP juggernaut and take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Banerjee will see Congress stalwarts Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma, and Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Day 1 of her five-day tour to the capital, signaling that both parties are warming up to one other.

All three of Congress’s senior leaders have strong connections with the chief minister. When Nath visited Kolkata, for example, he would constantly run into Banerjee. Singhvi, on the other hand, has a Rajya Sabha link to Banerjee and represents the TMC in a number of matters.

According to political analysts, the flurry of meetings indicates that Congress is prepared to take a more flexible stance in its struggle against the BJP in order to appease regional satraps. According to reports, the Gandhis met political strategist Prashant Kishor since the party has been on the decline in recent years.

Since the meeting, the grand old party has been sending signals to the TMC, such as expressing support for Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, who was allegedly spied on in the Pegasus case. Banerjee and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have a good personal connection, as is widely known. The chief minister returned the favor by declaring that she was open to a new front that would be hard to launch without the support of Congress.

In Bengal, the Congress suffered a devastating defeat when it ran against both Banerjee and Modi at the same time. Following the election results, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated he would encourage the high command not to support a candidate in Bhawanipur, where Banerjee comes from.

The Congress and TMC joining forces is a huge boost for opposition unity ahead of the 2024 elections, but whether it will convert into electoral triumph is a matter only time will tell.

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