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tmc: Amid one-man-one-post debate, TMC scraps all posts except Didi’s | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress (TMC) scrapped on Saturday all party posts except that of chairperson and, instead, set up a 20-member national working committee with Mamata Banerjee as its head in the wake of a raging debate on the one-person-one-post issue.
Seven party seniors – Firhad Hakim, Subrata Bakshi, Abhishek Banerjee, Partha Chatterjee, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Aroop Biswas and Chandrima Bhattacharya – attended a 50-minute meeting with Mamata on Saturday and trooped out after signing a statement entrusting her with choosing office-bearers.
Party seniors later said the CM had issued a strong message during the meeting underscoring the importance of unity and intra-party discipline. The meeting was preceded by a nearly two-hour discussion between Mamata and Abhishek, TMC leaders said.
It was Mamata who set the tone for the meet, TMC leaders told TOI. Abhishek was silent for most of the meeting, TMC seniors said.
Abhishek, who was made party national general secretary last June, is on the committee as a member. Notable absentees included Derek O’Brien and Saugata Roy.
It was not immediately clear what the party’s position would be on the one-person-one-post issue, which had led to a debate within the party; leaders also didn’t speak on any decision on I-PAC though some said both issues had been discussed at the meeting. Around 5.47 pm, however, I-PAC started disseminating the CM’s Twitter feeds to the media, which it had stopped on February 6 after TMC leaders blamed it for the civic poll candidate list controversy.

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