Mukul cut to size, Mamata’s  nephew elevated in party

Trinamool chief hands over more responsibility to Abhishek to project him as the second-in-command 

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems to be trying to create family raj in Trinamool Congress.

At a meeting convened on Friday, the Trinamool Congress supremo handed over more responsibility to her nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee in the organisational set-up of the party.

This week, Trinamool Congress workers led by Abhishek Banerjee held a demonstration in New Delhi to protest against the Union Government on various issues. Over the past few months, Mamata has been trying to project her nephew as the second in command in the party.

In Friday’s meeting, Mamata announced the merger of two youth wings of the party, Trinamool Yubo and Trinamool Yuba, led by party MP Soumitra Khan and Abhishek.

Henceforth, Abhishek would look after the new youth wing. Mamata reduced the power of the party’s all India general secretary and MP Mukul Roy who was the second in command. The wings of his son Subhrangshu Roy, a Trinamool Congress MLA, were also clipped.

Mamata removed Shanku Deb Panda, president of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad, the student wing of the party. She also made some changes in the organisational set-up in the district.

Political observers say she made these changes following allegation of links by some party leaders with Saradha chit fund scam and the recent blast in Burdwan.

The two cases have tarnished the image of Trinamool party, they say.

Friday’s meeting was attended by most of the Trinamool Congress leaders. But transport minister Madan Mitra, MP Tapas Paul and MP Srinjoy Bose and state textile minister Shyamapada Mukherjee did not attend.  While Mitra, Srinjoy and Mukherjee are being linked to Saradha scam, Paul is accused of openly threatening the families of CPI(M) workers. The case is being investigated by the state CID.

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