Mamata Banerjee, the current chief minister of Bengal and chairperson of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) has appointed Goa’s former chief minister Luizinho Faleiro as AITC’s national vice-president.
The announcement was made by the All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee through a statement released on Friday, October 22. The statement also disclosed that Faleiro will be made the party’s vice-president with immediate effect.
The statement released by AITC also recalled Faleiro’s political career and his dedication towards the development of people. “We have full faith that under his able guidance, AITC will reach greater heights and continue the fight to protect every Indian citizen’s democratic rights,” it further read.
Faleiro’s appointment to the post of vice-president comes just weeks after he joined the All India Trinamool Congress. Earlier a member of the Congress party, he had quit and also resigned from the State Legislative Assembly of Goa to become part of the AITC last month on September 29.
This move by Mamata Banerjee-led AITC comes in light of the party’s intentions to advance and establish itself as a strong presence in the coastal state after it had failed to win any seats in the 2012 state elections.
AITC had earlier announced that it will participate in the next state elections in Goa, contesting for seats in the 40 member house next year in February. Mamata Banerjee will be visiting Goa for two days starting October 28 to commence the election campaign for the Assembly elections. Poll strategist Prashant Kishore is also expected to be present in Goa during Mamata’s two-day visit.