India, Oct. 28 -- Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to begin a three-day maiden visit to Goa on Thursday with an eye on giving the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party a foothold in the state ahead of elections early next year for the 40-seat assembly.

A senior TMC leader said the party supremo is expected to reach Goa on Thursday evening. She will be camping in the western state until Saturday.

"She is likely to hold talks with various parties in the state and meet local communities. A few noted personalities are expected to join the TMC during her stay," said the TMC leader without divulging details.

The ruling TMC in Bengal, after retaining power with a sweeping victory in the assembly polls for the third consecutive time...