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West Bengal: TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee addresses corporators and councillors ahead of 2020 civic body polls

File photo: West Bengal Mamata Banerjee Photograph:( ANI )

WION Kolkata, West Bengal Jun 18, 2019, 09.43 PM (IST) Written By: Pooja Mehta

In the backdrop of Trinamool Congress lagging behind other political parties in more than 50% civic bodies in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the party supremo Mamata Banerjee sounded the bugle for the 2020 civic body polls on Tuesday.

Banerjee held a meeting with close to 3,000 corporators and councillors from several municipalities and municipal corporations across the state. 

She sent out a stern message that those who take ‘cut money’ and ‘commission’ will not be spared. Even if they wish to leave the party, they must do it right away. 

"Now I’m witnessing a new trend, once you conduct an audit and if someone is found to be at fault, they will switch parties. No matter how many parties you switch, you will not be spared. You will be booked. If someone wants to leave the party, please leave now,"  Banerjee said.  

Ahead of the semi-final before the final battle of the 2021 assembly elections in Bengal, the state is all set to go for civic body polls next year, where the Trinamool Congress will be tested. 

The party faced a major setback recently after five municipal bodies governed by TMC were taken over by BJP with corporators and councillors joining the BJP in Delhi at the party headquarters.

Five municipalities – Halisahar, Kachrapara, Bhatpara, Naihati and Darjeeling were recently taken over by BJP.  

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Banerjee held a meeting with close to 3,000 corporators and councillors from several municipalities and municipal corporations across the state.