Trinamool Congress Members of Parliament on Friday unanimously chose the party supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as the chairperson of TMC parliamentary party
The decision has come ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s visit to New Delhi expected next week. It has also come at a time parliament is witnessing a stormy monsoon session. There are also reports that Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi during her visit to Delhi and that there will be renewed talks on the Opposition unity against the NDA government at the Centre.
At a press conference in Delhi, Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien said the decision to choose Mamata Banerjee as parliamentary party chief has been taken both at a conceptual and tactical level. Mamata Banerjee has been the guiding force behind the TMC parliamentary party for a long time, Derek O'Brien said.
"We are just formalising a reality. Our chairperson is a seven-time Member of Parliament. She has the vision to guide the parliamentary party. She has the experience and insight. She was anyway guiding us," he said.
"She has been a call away always. We feel more empowered," O'Brien said.
He also said that all TMC MPs unanimously chose Banerjee as their leader.
Banerjee is not a member of parliament.