Signs Of Growing Gap For Mamata Banerjee, Strategist Prashant Kishor
By Sourav Dutta
Growing tensions between Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool and political strategist Prashant Kishor's political outfit I-PAC has prompted the West Bengal Chief Minister to call a meeting of the party's top leaders on Saturday.
The meeting comes amid rising resentment within the Trinamool Congress against I-PAC, a group that Mr Kishor founded, and reports of a rift between Ms Banerjee and herusedew Abhishek - seen as the main liaison between the party and the savvy political consultants.
It follows a public spat between Trinamool leader Chandrima Bhattacharya and the I-PAC after she alleged that her social media accounts had been "misused" by Prashant Kishor's team - a claim that was promptly challenged.
"A Twitter account in my name was created by I-PAC before the election.
Today it posted something about 'one person one post' without my knowledge. I strongly protest against it,
The I-PAC countered, "I-PAC doesn't handle any digital properties of @AITCofficial or any of its leaders. Anyone making such a claim is either uninformed or is blatantly lying. AITC should look into if and how their digital properties and/or that of their leaders are being 'allegedly (mis)used."
The 'one person, one post' plan has been part of Abhishek Banerjee's efforts at reorganising the party internally with the help of the I-PAC - something that has not gone down well with the old guard of the party.
An internal squabble over the campaign came to a head last week when two competing lists of candidates for the upcoming civic polls came out of the party - prompting Mamata Banerjee to take a side and back the faction perceived as the old guard.