Bengal Assembly Election 2021: TMC Coping With Important Leaders Defecting

Abstract

Many influential All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders defected to its main rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), between November 2020 and January 2021. Political rivals at BJP were announcing that additional defections were also possible. These defectors publicly accused TMC leadership of undemocratic working styles and corruption, which made for news stories that were widely publicized and debated in the local and national media.

The TMC has been in power in West Bengal since 2011. In early February 2021, Mamata Banerjee, the founding leader of TMC, had to urgently take steps to maintain the morale of her grassroots-level party workers to retain their allegiance to the party in the face of sustained BJP provocations to defect. Students are asked to suggest the way forward for Mamata Banerjee. Questions students will consider include: Should she proactively talk to potential dissenters, allow them to leave the party without efforts to retain their loyalty or actively identify and purge dissenters? What and how should she communicate with the loyal party members?

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