In what came as a shock to many in the Trinamool Congress camp, party president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered to resign from her post on Saturday following the performance of her party in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Banerjee convened an emergent meeting on Saturday afternoon at her Kalighat residence in South Kolkata to review the results and come up with a road map for a turnaround ahead of the Assembly polls.
All winning and losing Lok Sabha candidates, as also the district presidents and front ranking leaders have been asked to be present for the meeting, party sources said.
“She will review the results by hearing all the candidates and district presidents who would be asked to give their individual opinion on what went wrong for the party,” they said.
The thinking in the party is that the shift of 22-23 per cent of the Left Front vote to the Bharatiya Janata Party changed the political equation in the state, making it possible for the BJP to win 18 of the 42 seats and raise their vote share from 17 per cent it got in 2014 to around 40 per cent this time.
Besides, communal polarisation, the use of force to prevent people from casting their vote or file nomination for last year’s Panchayat election, as also some Trinamool leaders losing their touch with the masses and the change in their lifestyle have not gone down well with the masses.
(With inputs from IANS)