Mamata makes changes in TMC set-up

Kolkata Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  

With an eye on the next year Assembly elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made significant changes in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) organisation on Saturday. The decisions were taken at a meeting of party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders of the party at her residence in South Kolkata.

“In Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district, State Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee has been made the district observer,” a senior TMC leader told The Hindu .

The decision comes in the wake of the electoral set-back faced by TMC as the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led-Left Front formed the board in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation.

During the meeting Ms. Banerjee expressed her displeasure over TMC’s defeat in SMC and urged the party leaders to strengthen the organisation further in north Bengal.

During the closed door meeting it was learnt that Ms Banerjee held States North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb responsible for the loss at Siliguri. While TMC MP and strongman Subhendu Adhikari was assigned the responsibility as observer to districts like Malda and Murshidabad’, Ms Bannerjee also gave additional charge of certain districts to her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

She also expressed her displeasure over the feud between the two Ministers based in Kolkata. Sources in TMC said that Ms Banerjee asked the Ministers to bury their hatchet as it was bringing disrepute to the party. In the meeting it was also decided that in the run-up to its Martyr’s Day rally on July 21, the TMC would launch a campaign drive to “sensitise” the masses about the communal politics of the BJP. “We will also hit the streets to expose the political bankruptcy of the CPI-M,” State’s Youth Affairs Minister Arup Biswas told journalists.

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