After a five-year hiatus, the organizational elections in West Bengal will be going to held on timely. However, with a single-boss party like as the Trinamool Congress, having a poll to reaffirm the incumbent’s stay at the top is unusual. But, as TMC chairman, Mamata insisted on holding elections for the position. Everything happened on 2nd February.
It’s possible that some may question if this was even necessary. Perhaps not, but given the fissures appearing in the public domain and party leaders speaking in various tones, it is possible. Because of a generational transition in the party, the splits are around veterans’ fears.
Mamata Banerjee appointed her nephew Abhishek as national general secretary. He is only second to Didi in terms of power and status.
Election for the Trinamool Congress chairperson’s post:
The ascent of Abhishek in the party, as well as the growth of a younger generation, has caused concern among the old guard. Frictions have grown more common. Mamata felt compelled to rein in the young and eager leaders. While also assuring the old guard that they were safe—as long as they payed respect to her.
For almost a month, the Trinamool youth and veterans quarrelled over some of the party’s principles and values. The youth gathered around Abhishek, while the seniors backed Mamata. Clearly, the schism was becoming public, much to the party’s chagrin. Things had become so bad that the opposition mocked the Trinamool Congress as a crumbling home.
With the power struggle threatening the Trinamool Congress chances, Mamata thought it was necessary to remind the party’s leaders that she is in charge. “A leader does not descend from the sky. Analysts interpreted it as a veiled reference to Abhishek.
The election was only a formality to satisfy the Election Commission. They had requested that the party perform organizational elections before becoming a national party. Apart from that, it was an opportunity to establish Mamata as the party’s leader.
As national general secretary, Abhishek was dedicating more time to the party’s organization and expansion. A part of the Trinamool Congress became concerned about this.
It was a direct challenge to West Bengal’s supreme leadership over Covid-19 administration. “There is just one party, Trinamool, and one symbol—jora phool,” she explained. Finally, she emphasized togetherness, urging the workers to pledge to safeguard the party at all costs in order to give her the time she needed to fulfil her national objectives.