Kolkata: After registering a landslide victory in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress is pulling up its socks to participate in the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Goa.

Union Minister of State for Shipping and TMC general secretary Mukul Roy on Monday announced to contest in all the five-poll bound states. However, the party is yet to finalise the number of seats it will contest from.

Roy said, “We will finalise it (numbers) next week after discussion. Party leadership is working on the strategy for the coming Uttar Pradesh polls. In Manipur, there are possibilities of growth as party already has an MLA. And Goa’s former Chief Minister Wilfred D’Souza has joined our party.”

“The Congress is in majority in Goa. The TMC has asked D’souza to look into the matter of seats. And we are ready to give a tough fight to the Congress,” he added.

Out of the five-poll bound states, the Congress has been governing Goa since 2005 and Manipur since 2002. In the remaining three states, the Congress is working hard to revive its fortune especially in Uttar Pradesh.

With the Congress extending support to Mamata Banerjee’s TMC for forming a new government in West Bengal and the TMC being the second largest ally of ruling UPA after Congress at the Centre, both the parties have proved to be each other’s important ally.

Yet, it is still uncertain if the TMC will contest the polls with the Congress. There are reports that the Congress and the TMC will not support each other due to the ongoing rift over financial package for West Bengal from the Centre.

(JPN/Bureau)