The Trinamool Congress has promoted Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee to the General Secretary post, it was announced Saturday after senior leaders of Bengal’s ruling party held an organisational meeting in Kolkata – the first since their decisive victory over the BJP in the April-May election.
The party has also appointed MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar as President of its women’s wing, and actor Saayoni Ghosh, who unsuccessfully contested last month’s election, as head of the youth wing.
Abhishek Banerjee, who is also Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, previously led the youth wing but will stand down from that post after his promotion, with the party following a “one person, one position formula”, senior leader Partha Chatterjee told reporters after the meeting.
Mr Chatterjee also said the party is planning on “expanding the organisation outside Bengal” – a potentially significant remark with Assembly elections due in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat next year, and Lok Sabha elections due in three years’ time.
Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien have been retained as the party’s parliamentary leaders.
Another decision taken at today’s meeting was the banning of red becaons on minister’s cars.
Abhishek Banerjee was widely seen as having played a key role in the Trinamool’s win, particularly since he was instrumental in hiring master poll strategist Prashant Kishor.