West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee started her seven-day tour of north Bengal districts on December 06. Over the following days, she is scheduled to attend multiple administrative programmes and review meetings during her trip. A family wedding in Kurseong is also on the list.
“The CM will be spending a few days in Kurseong and stay at a renowned tea garden,” said an official.
According to sources, Banerjee, who is also the TMC chief, will be reviewing the ruling party’s progress in north Bengal in view of the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.
Focus On North Bengal
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, TMC won only one seat in Malda district. The BJP fared considerably better, winning six seats. One seat was won by the Congress. However, the Chief Minister has expressed her shock at the apathy to North Bengal that has been meted out despite the big wins by BJP in the region.
Speaking on the subject, a senior TMC leader said, “We recovered from the losses the party suffered after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We have performed well in north Bengal in the Assembly, panchayat, and civic elections. We are expecting good results in north Bengal this time. Both the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee are focusing on the region.”
Boarding a private flight from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the Chief Minister reached Bagdogra International Airport from where she travelled to Kurseong by road.
On December 8, she will attend an administrative programme at Kurseong, and then visit Alipurduar. On December 10, the CM is scheduled to attend a programme at Alipurduar Stadium. Thereafter, she will go to Jalpaiguri on December 11 where she is scheduled to attend an official programme at Banarhat. The Chief Minister will arrive at Siliguri the same day after the Banarhat event is over. She will attend an official function at the Kanchenjunga Stadium on December 12 and return to Kolkata the same day.