Kolkata: All India Trinamool Congress rejects reports that ‘Congress’ has been dropped from the party’s name. A statement says “Name of party, as registered with Election Commission is ‘All India Trinamool Congress’. Name & symbol (flowers & grass) was approved by EC on January 1, 1998” ANI reported.
Earlier, Two decades after starting out as a splinter group of the Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has quietly dropped the C-tag from its logo, banners, posters and all communication material.
West Bengal’s ruling party from now on will just be called Trinamool. The move comes just ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election in which the party is hoping to be a key player in the Opposition camp.
The party, however, will continue to be registered as the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) with the Election Commission as it was recognised as a national party in September 2016.
But in all other spheres, the party would be known as just Trinamool. The official Facebook pages of the party, Mamata Banerjee, Lok Sabha MP and her nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, and Derek O Brien, Trinamool’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, already reflect the change in name.
“It’s been 21 years since we became a separate entity and everyone in Bengal calls us Trinamool,” a senior party functionary explained the logic behind the rebranding exercise.