West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will spell out her strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls at the party’s annual Martyrs’ Day rally on Saturday, sources said.

The Martyr’s Day rally is organised by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) every year on July 21 in the memory of 13 Youth Congress activists killed in police firing in 1993. The Left Front was in power at the time and Ms Banerjee was then a leader of the West Bengal Youth Congress.

TMC supremo took to Twitter and wrote, “Today is #21JulyShahidDibas. On this day, 25 years ago, 13 workers were killed in firing by the erstwhile government.”


“Like every year, we are organising our annual #21JulyShahidDibas rally in Dharmatala. Our workers and supporters from across #Bengal and other States have come to the city. We welcome one and all. Dharmatala Chalo,” Banerjee said in another tweet.

According to TMC sources, the party will use today’s platform to spell out the strategy for the next Lok Sabha polls.

“Tomorrow we will get the directive from our supremo for the Lok Sabha poll next year. We will also give a befitting reply to allegations made by BJP leaders during Narendra Modi’s (Midnapore) rally,” a senior TMC leader said.

The rally is of immense importance given the party’s ambition to play a major role after the next Lok Sabha polls, political observers said.

The rally, which will be participated by party supporters from all corners of the state, is also likely to see joining of Congress MLAs and senior leaders from other parties.

“We will take the pledge at the July 21 rally to oust the BJP in 2019. The country will definitely get the opportunity to see Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s developmental work nationwide after 2019,” TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee had recently said.

Mr Banerjee, along with senior TMC leaders, visited the venue at the Esplanade area in the heart of the city during the day and checked the preparations for the rally.

(With agency inputs)