Frustrated by big guns arrests, TMC opts for internal ‘cleanliness drive’ to get ‘clean’ faces at top posts

The arrest of Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mandal – both Trinamool Congress stalwarts – has dealt a blow to the Mamata Banerjee-led party, which is now undertaking massive reshuffles in almost all blocks of every district to project a ‘clean image’.

Party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee has been meeting with leaders of every district for the last 15 days. Banerjee has met leaders from most of the North Bengal and Western districts and will be meeting leaders of South Bengal in the coming days.

TMC sources say the party has already done a block-by-block review and is trying to figure out the dos and don’ts with each district for the panchayat polls.

TMC has already changed district heads wherever needed and now, every branch of the district organization will go for a major change.

Referring to the “characteristics” of leadership in each district, sources told News18 that the first priority would be to ensure that people with a clean image get posts in the districts. Among youth, students, women and trade union wings, clean and credible faces will be given space to rebuild TMC’s image.

Second, the new teams of the district will run in coordination. Factionalism and lobbying has always been the curse of TMC and now a system will be prepared where the district president and other branch organizations will work in coordination. Each block will have its own team which will emphasize on coordination.

The third sector will be tribal and in places with a majority ‘Adivasi’ demographic, the leaders who actually represent the people will be given responsibility.

Emphasizing that work will speak for itself, Abhishek Banerjee recently told the cadre: “Don’t lobby with leaders. This won’t help. Do your job and the party will recognize you.

In a recent meeting he said: “There is no ‘my person’ anywhere. Common people are ‘my person’. If someone comes and says he is my person, don’t believe him.

The main focus for TMC now is to clean up its bad image. This includes changes at the leadership level as well as asking its cadre to abstain from violence during panchayat elections.

How successful this initiative of the party will be, only time will tell.

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