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Post Mukul Roy, Trinamool leadership to reshuffle responsibilities

Following Mukul Roy’s exit from the party, Trinamool Congress leaders will have new job profiles and their responsibilities will be sharply divided, say party insiders.

kolkata Updated: Sep 26, 2017 21:59 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy after announcing his resignation from the party on Monday.
Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy after announcing his resignation from the party on Monday.(PTI Photo)

With Mukul Roy announcing his exit, Trinamool Congress is set to undergo a reshuffle in responsibility profiles. Henceforth there will be two separate categories -- one will be specific to Bengal, and the other, rest of the country.

The reshuffle will take place after Durga puja.

According to a senior leader and minister, it has been primarily decided that MPs Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien will be in charge of handling national affairs including drawing up strategy on the floor of the two houses of the Parliament and interacting with the leaders of national and other regional parties. 

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On the other hand, Trinamool general secretary, Subrata Bakshi, will be in charge of Bengal-specific affairs such as finalisation of different party programmes in the state, overseeing the grassroots-level organisation and coordination between elected representatives at different levels. 

However, Trinamool insiders admitted that Roy’s skill in dealing with leaders from a different political camp and persuading them to join Trinamool will be missed by the party.

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“Roy, who handled both national affairs and party’s organisational set up in Bengal, enjoyed almost unbridled power for a long time. The idea of segregation is to ensure that no individual, except chief minister Mamata Banerjee enjoys absolute power,” said a senior leader and a member of state cabinet on condition of anonymity.  

There will a monitoring committee, consisting of four to five senior leaders, that will oversee and guide the functioning of these two specific categories of assignments. 

Read: Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy resigns from party, to quit RS after Puja

 Although the names for the monitoring committee are yet to be finalised, party secretary general and state education minister Partha Chaterjee is likely to be there. Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee and Lok Sabha MP Kalyan Banerjee may also find their place in the committee. 

 Trade union activities will be mainly handled by state labour minister, Maloy Ghatak, state technical education minister, Purnendu Bose and party Rajya Sabha member, Dola Sen. The minority cell will be overseen by state urban development and municipal affairs minister, Firhad Hakim and Lok Sabha MP Idris Ali. 

 “Also, elected representatives at all levels will be asked to devote substantial time to nurturing the party organisation in their respective areas and stay away from stoking factionalism. After Roy’s exit, it is quite possible that his loyalists might ignite factionalism,” said the member of the cabinet. 

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