Mamata Banerjee suspends all national posts, make a new working committee

Banerjee will later name the new office bearers of the party, senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee told reporters after a meeting at the West Bengal chief minister's Kalighat residence.

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Saturday, February 12, 2022, 09:57 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee suspends all national posts, make a new working committee | PTI

Kolkata: Amidst speculation of ‘rift’ between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew and TMC national secretary Abhishek Banerjee, the TMC supremo on Saturday suspended all the national posts of the party members and constituted a new 20 members national working committee.

After meeting with the Chief Minister, the party’s secretary-general Partha Chatterjee claimed that the 20 members national working committee was made and the chairperson of the committee is Mamata Banerjee.

“The 20 members committee includes Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee, Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Amit Mitra amongst others. The post will be decided by the chairperson soon and till then all the national posts are suspended. There is only one position at the national level now which is the chairperson,” said Partha.

Incidentally, Abhishek was promoted to party’s national secretary after TMC came to power for the third time in the state on May 2 last year.

In less than a year news of rift between the supremo and her nephew made it to the headlines several times and though the senior leaders supported Mamata the young brigade sided with Abhishek.

On Friday, close aides of Abhishek insisted on implementing the ‘one person, one post’ norm, while the senior leaders stood against it and said the decision will be taken by Mamata Banerjee.

According to party sources, in the closed-door meeting with seven heavyweight leaders including Abhishek, Mamata had asked all the leaders to be ‘united’ and work for the party.

“Mamata is the last word in the party. In this line all seven party leaders have signed in a letter and given it to the supremo who will soon decide upon the other post holders,” said the TMC sources.

At a time the news of TMC distancing with poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC and rift between the Chief Minister and her nephew, the opposition parties claimed that with this move the supremo tried to clip the wings of Abhishek.

According to poll analyst, Subhomoy Moitra ‘clipping’ wings cannot be speculated as the new posts are not announced.

“Abhishek was the national secretary which is now suspended. But it is yet to ascertain which person will get which post by the party chairperson,” said Moitra.

Congress state president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that Mamata tried to give a message that she is the ‘ultimate’ in the party.

“PK has shown her dreams to establish TMC across the country which had failed miserably. Following the failure infighting started in the party and to stop the infighting Mamata tried to give a message that she is the ultimate in TMC,” said Chowdhury.

Senior CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said TMC is a ‘public limited company and infighting started in the company’.

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