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Despite infighting Mamata restores nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s no. 2 status

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kolkata: After weeks of internal infighting, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee earned a major vote of confidence from the TMC supremo on Friday, restoring his position as the party’s national general secretary. The decision was announced after Mamata Banerjee held a meeting of the newly reconstituted National Working Committee – the top decision-making body of the party that governs West Bengal.

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The meeting was held at Ms Banerjee’s residence in Kolkata days after the party rose to victory in municipal elections to four major towns despite talk of the internal rift.

Besides keeping Abhishek Banerjee as the 2nd top person in-command, the Trinamool chief also signed off on the appointment of Congress defectors Sushmita Dev and Mukul Sangma for the handling of the party’s units in the northeast.

Furthermore, veteran politician and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha was appointed a Vice President, as were senior TMC leaders Subrata Bakshi and Chandrima Bhattacharya.

Bengal minister Aroop Biswas has been named as the treasurer, and Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim in-charge of coordination.

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It is to be mentioned that, 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 between supporters of Abhishek Banerjee, her nephew and heir-apparent, and her loyalists blew wide open. The groups clashed over the ‘one man, one post’ principle that irked the latter since many hold multiple posts in the ruling establishment. Asserting her firm control over the party, Banerjee packed the new working committee with party veterans but included Abhishek.

Principal among the items on the agenda of the new committee’s first meet was the selection of office-bearers and their designations.

Mr Banerjee was the Trinamool Congress’ National General Secretary – a post he has held since June last year after the party’s statement win over the BJP in the Bengal Assembly election.

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