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‘Trinamool to contest 2022 Goa polls, with eye on Mamata in 2024’

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Panaji, Sep 24: The Trinamool Congress is contesting the upcoming Goa Assembly polls, but the party’s eyes are actually on the 2024 general elections in which party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate, award-winning Konkani writer N. Shivdas said on Thursday.

Shivdas, who met IPAC head and ace political strategist Prashant Kishor in Kolkata earlier this week, along with an independent MLA from the state, also added that the Trinamool was in touch with sitting and former MLAs and several other aspirants.

“Now they are coming with a full preparations. They were not serious that time (2012 Assembly polls). Now they are very serious. They are introducing themselves in Goa as a national party. Their aim is the 2024 elections,” Shivdas, who has served as the President of the Goa Konkani Academy and has also been a General Secretary of the Goa Congress in the recent past.

“She (Mamata) can be PM candidate (in 2024). They are preparing that way. They want to spread across the country. Their people have been fanning out in Goa for some time now.

“I met Prashant Kishor in Kolkata for half an hour. He wants good people in Goa, untainted persons. They want to start afresh,” Shivdas said, adding that Kishor expressed confidence about Banerjee becoming the Prime Minister in 2024.

Earlier on Thursday, Trinamool MPs Derek O’Brien and Prasun Banerjee arrived in Goa and are expected to meet leaders of several political parties, along with some eminent personalities in the state.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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