Adhering to the political dynasty isn’t a new move when it comes to the new generation of leaders. The same phenomenon has been seen trending in the state of West Bengal where the political beneficiary here is Mamata Banerjee’s 30-year-old nephew Abhishek Banerjee who is all set to take over the state’s charge with initiation of rallies at Kolkata against rise in the fuel prices.
The march towards political takeover for Mr. Banerjee might be slow but it is surely moving towards him being the next face of Trinamool Congress as the party leader. While her nephew is catering to the requirements of the state, Ms. Banerjee’s aim comes with a national element. She has evidently turned her focus towards latching on to national stage.
Six years post the CM went on to protest against the rising fuel prices in Kolkata streets, Abhishek Banerjee did a similar stance when last week he led the march starting from Jadavpur leading all the way up to Hazra for the very same reason which was price hike for the fuel. However, few members of Trinamool Congress party have doubts as to the nephew’s ultimate destination.
In a statement provided by Madan Mitra, former minister at the government led by Mamata Banerjee, he said that Mamata is now the face of our country, she essentially represents India. It is natural that her nephew is now the trending face for the current youth. Madan Mitra participated alongside the walk led by Abhishek Banerjee. He also added that Abhishek Banerjee is the leader of today and hope for tomorrow.
The rising trend for Abhishek Banerjee has been somewhat meteoric. He was appointed as the Trinamool Yuva Chief for the year 2010. Following that, in 2014 he went on to become member at Lok Sabha from the Diamond Harbour. Within a few months, the Trinamool Yuva party was merged along with the Trinamool Youth Congress where Mr. Banerjee was placed as its lead.
Proceeding towards his winning stance, Abhishek Banerjee dislodged Suvendu Adhikari, his predecessor who has the powerbase at East Midnapore. He also won the Nandigram election for the Mamata led government.
In the meeting held after the rally, Abhishek Banerjee commented that Trinamool Congress doesn’t have any second or third leader post Mamata Banerjee. Rest all are just workers for the greater good and he is one among the many. He also made a promise to remove BJP from New Delhi to facilitate his aunt to acquire the national stage.
However, this is not to say that Abhishek Banerjee’s rise to power was met with positive emotions. Evidently, Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari were angry with this decision by Mamata Banerjee. There is a constant fight between the Trinamool Mother and Trinamool Yuva with no sure sign for grasping the root at the national level.