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Mamata reappoints nephew Abhishek as TMC gen secy; Sinha in, O'Brien out

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Senjo M R
February 18, 2022 22:22 IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday reappointed her nephew Abhishek Banerjee as Trinamool Congress national general secretary as she constituted the new office-bearers' team, packing it mainly with old-timers loyal to her.

IMAGE: AITC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee offers prayers at Chaturdasa Devata temple, near Old Agartala, January 2, 2022. Photograph: ANI Photo

The party brought back Yashwant Sinha as its national vice-president.

Two other senior leaders, Subrata Bakshi and Chandrima Bhattacharya, have also been given the vice-president's post in the organisation.

 

Banerjee's trusted lieutenant and housing minister Firhad Hakim has been given the charge of coordination between her and the national working committee, while state minister Aroop Biswas has been appointed as the national treasurer.

Rajya Sabha chief whip Sukhendu Shekhar Ray and Lok Sabha MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar are the new party spokespersons of Parliament's upper and lower houses respectively.

Krishnanagar MP Mahua Moitra has been assigned the job of interacting with the media.

TMC's Rajya Sabha party leader Derek O' Brien, who had been serving as the party's chief national spokesperson, did not feature in the list.

Political observers feel Abhishek's return as national general secretary, the de-facto number two in the organisation, has sent out a message indicating that he would remain the heir apparent, amid the internal strife between the old guard and the next-generation leadership.

The TMC boss also seems to have mollified some of the old-timers by giving them plum posts in the committee, and thus stifling the growing clamour for 'one party, one post' by some of the younger leaders in the party.

Three defectors from the Congress, Sushmita Dev and Subal Bhowmik and Mukul Sangma, have been made TMC's in-charge of the northeast.

Banerjee has assigned the job of preparing the party's draft policy on economic and external affairs to her principal chief adviser Amit Mitra and Yashwant Sinha.

Two others leaders have been given the task of managing TMC's affairs in northern states -- Rajeshpati Tripathi in UP and Ashok Tanwar in Haryana.

At a meeting held prior to the announcement, Banerjee asked everybody in the party to work together, a TMC leader said.

The TMC supremo, during her 25-minute long speech, underlined that the party needs both the experience of old leaders and the energy of the new leaders to further its growth.

"Our party supremo during the meeting clearly said that everybody has to work together as one team. Although the party needs new faces, old leaders are always invaluable assets. No one should forget old is gold," a senior TMC leader.

During the meet, Banerjee also maintained that social media platforms should be used to propagate the party's policies and programmes and not to further personal agenda, he said.

"She has also said that TMC is a party of poor people, so everybody has to be humble and shun pomp and luxury," the leader added.

Banerjee had last week dissolved the erstwhile national office bearers' committee and the portfolios that came with it, amid a growing internal strife between the old guard and the young leaders. She then formed a 20-member working committee, packed with party veterans.

Meanwhile, Krishna Chakraborty, Ram Chakraborty and Bidhan Upadhyay have been selected as the next mayor of Bidhannagar, Chandernagore and Asansol towns respectively. 

Gautam Deb's name as Siliguri mayor was announced earlier in the week.

Sabyasachi Dutta, the former mayor of Bidhannagar who made his back to TMC from BJP after assembly polls, has been made the chairman of Bidhannangar municipal corporation.

Polls to these municipal corporations were held on February 12.

The TMC bagged all four civic bodies with overwhelming majority.

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