Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee

Amid rift, Abhishek Banerjee to remain TMC’s national general secretary

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee will continue to serve as the party’s national general secretary. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the newly formed national working committee of the TMC on Friday.

There will be no change in Abhishek Banerjee’s designation in the party. This comes amid reports of a growing rift between Abhishek Banerjee and his aunt and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.

Last week, Mamata Banerjee had dissolved the party’s national office bearers’ committee, which included her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and formed a 20-member working committee as rumours of dissent in the ranks blew wide open. Asserting her firm control over the party, Banerjee packed the new working committee with party veterans but included Abhishek.

The TMC’s national working committee was convened on Friday to decide on the mayors of the three municipal corporations — Chandernagore, Bidhannagar and Asansol — it won this week. Names for the new office bearers committee were also decided upon.

Besides Abhishek Banerjee, those who found place in the new TMC national working committee are Amit Mitra, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Bakshi, Sudip Bandopadhyay, Anubrata Mondal, Aroop Biswas, Firhad Hakim and Yashwant Sinha.

Chandrima Bhattacharjee, Yashwant Sinha, Subrata Bakshi are the party’s new Vice President. Aroop Biswas has been appointed treasurer.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy will hold the fort as the party’s national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha spokesperson. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar will serve as the Lok Sabha Spokesperson, with MP Mahua Moitra assisting her.

Meanwhile, the TMC is mulling action against dissidents who have filed nominations as independents to the upcoming civic polls to 108 municipalities in West Bengal.

It reissued on Thursday its two-day ultimatum to the dissidents to withdraw their nomination or face action.

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