Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee now appointed TMC General Secretary for All India
In a significant gesture, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday appointed the nephew of party leader Mamata Banerjee and the leader of the party’s youth wing, Abhishek Banerjee, as the new party general secretary for all of India.
The announcement confirmed speculation within party ranks that Abhishek will take a more active role in national politics, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will continue to focus on the state to ensure that no opposition to the power does not develop until the 2024 elections in Lok Sabha.
The party made a series of new organizational appointments on Saturday at a meeting of the party’s state leadership, called by Mamata Banerjee.
The role of Secretary General of All India was previously occupied by Mamata’s former confidant, Mukul Roy, and later by another confidant, Subrata Bakshi.
It was decided at the meeting that the party would focus more on increasing steps outside the state. One of the first goals is to strengthen the party in the neighboring northeastern state of Tripura.
Abhishek will likely lead the party’s coordination with other regional parties to forge an opposition alliance ahead of Lok Sabha’s next election. Rajya Sabha MPs like Derek O’Brien and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Lok Sabha MPs like Mahua Moitra and Sudip Bandyopadhyay are likely to coordinate with Abhishek in this regard.
The party has also adopted a “one leader, one post” policy.
Two-time Diamond Harbor MP Abhishek has been at the center of the BJP’s target for the past three or four years, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Secretary Amit Shah repeatedly punching him, calling it “bhatija” and accusing the “bhatija” of indulging in unlimited corruption.
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