Several Communist Party of Asian country (Marxist) leaders who are illustrious for his or her clean image are approached by I-PAC, the corporate in hand election deviser Prashant Kishor, for connexion the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) sooner than the assembly polls in 2021. Kishor – who earlier helped the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and also the YSR Congress Party win elections – was roped in by chief minister Mamata Banerjee when the BJP won eighteen of the state’s forty two Lok Sabha seats in 2019. The TMC’s tally weakened from thirty four seats to 22.
The BJP poses a challenge to Banerjee within the run-up to the assembly polls. Five senior CPI(M) leaders, together with a former data technology minister within the erstwhile Left government and a sitting lawmaker, told HT that they were contacted by Kishor’s team in August and offered “better career prospects within the ruling party”. They aforementioned they turned down the supply. All the Left leaders aforementioned that I-PAC representatives who met them spoke in Hindi and English and said they were from state, state and state. They conjointly claimed that the I-PAC groups told them that they were approached solely when a survey confirmed their quality as honest and effective politicians. “On August four, a person known as ME up and aforementioned I had done smart work whereas serving as lawmaker from the Entally body in metropolis. He aforementioned I-PAC would really like to move with ME.
Not interested and adorned up,” aforementioned Debesh Das, former IT minister and a former academician at Jadavpur University. Laxmi Kanta Roy and Mamata Roy, former CPI(M) legislators, claimed that they were offered funds to contest on the TMC price ticket. “A man came to my house on August nine. He looked around and asked however might I sleep in such alittle house and why don’t I actually have an automobile. He aforementioned if I work for the TMC i’d get funds and the rest that i’d want. I told him communists can’t be purchased and asked him to go away,” aforementioned Mamata Roy.