Kolkata: When Mamata Banerjee departed from the Congress to establish the Trinamul Congress in 1998, a number of prominent Congress leaders of the state aligned themselves with her new political venture. The ascent of the TMC to power in Bengal in 2011, following a protracted wait, prompted widespread speculation about Mamata Banerjee’s enduring impact on state politics. The discourse revolved around identifying the successor to Chief Minister Mamata’s role in the future.
With Mamata’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, demonstrating his political prowess, it has become evident that he is slated to assume the position of the next Chief Minister of the state in future. Party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh has also endorsed this transition. Affirming this, Kunal Ghosh conveyed that Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC national general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee, will succeed her as the Chief Minister in due course.
Kunal Ghosh’s statement has injected a new dimension into the ongoing deliberations between the emerging young politicians and the seasoned leaders within the ruling party of West Bengal. The discourse gained momentum last November when Abhishek Banerjee, a two-time MP and TMC general secretary, emphasized the importance of age limits in politics and other domains. He asserted that what can be achieved in 30 years can also be accomplished within the age range of 35 to 50, contrasting it with the limitations faced by an 80-year-old individual.
During a press conference in Chuchura, located in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, Kunal Ghosh outlined, “Mamata Banerjee will continue her unwavering service to the people until 2036, at which point her nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, will step into her shoes.”
Addressing the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the TMC spokesperson affirmed, “We are confident that we will contest the elections under the leadership of Mamata Didi, with Abhishek Banerjee shouldering the responsibility of his captain.”