To meet the Trinamool Congress’s apex body Post Leadership Reggae,

Mamata Banerjee regained control of Trinamool with a reshuffle in leadership (File)

Mumbai: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of the recently reconstituted National Action Committee – the top decision-making body of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

The meeting will be held at Ms. Banerjee’s residence in Kolkata.

The committee members were changed this week amid internal rifts between supporters of Abhishek Banerjee, his nephew and successor, and his loyalists. The groups clashed on the principle of ‘one man, one post’, which upset the latter as many held multiple positions in the ruling establishment.

Selection and designation of office-bearers will be among the key items on the agenda for the first meeting of the new committee, with all eyes focused on what position Mr. Banerjee will get.

Mr Banerjee is currently the general secretary of the Trinamool Congress – a post he has held since June last year in the Bengal assembly elections after the party’s statement victory over the BJP.

Big question- Will Abhishek Banerjee continue at the top post after this reshuffle?

In the restructuring of the National Executive Committee, Mamata Banerjee re-asserted her control over party affairs by packing her tightly with veteran leaders in her camp, but including Mr. Banerjee.

Many saw the reshuffle as reports of friction between Ms Banerjee and her nephew, who is effectively the second in the party. But it has also been seen as a move by the chief minister to avert a possible civil war, as he prepares to bolster his national ambitions.

Meanwhile, Prashant Kishor – the political advisory group formed by I-PAC – is caught in the crossfire. Last week it was alleged by party leader Chandrima Bhattacharya that her social media accounts were “misused” by I-PAC – a claim that was immediately challenged by the group.

Sources close to I-PAC claim that there is no rift with the Chief Minister.

Also on the agenda of the committee is to decide on the mayors of the municipal corporations; Despite talk of internal rifts, the party won four major cities.


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