The Trinamool Congress Chief and Union Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee has asked party workers to refrain from holding victory rallies without her consent, to not consume alcohol and to stay put in their respective areas.
Anticipating victory, Mamata"s camp is already in jubilation following the positive exit poll results. Some of the popular exit polls predicted a two-thirds majority and even a three-fourths majority for the Trinamool in the 294-seat assembly.
This would also mean an end to the Left rule who have enjoyed a 34 year unopposed rule in the state. Mamata"s possible victory would also mean an end to the last remaining Marxist rule in the country.
Mamata intends to uphold discipline in the cadre even if the victory is huge. Jyotipriyo Mullick, a party observer for North 24 Parganas was quoted as saying, “Her directions are clear, we want the day to pass off peacefully. Our leader has specified our duties and restrictions for that day. Action will be taken against anybody who violates the directive."
There are also directives to party workers from rushing to Mamata"s residence in south Kolkata"s Kalighat area or to give sound bytes to television studios and interviews without her express permission. The lists of rules have already been forwarded to all district leaders and candidates. A party worker commented, “Workers are strictly asked not to be inebriated or show rowdy behaviour. If any of our workers get drunk and celebrate, they would attract severe action."